Menaye Charity Organization supports underprivileged children of Ghana in the areas of: Education, Health & Girl Child Development

At Menaye Charity Organisation, our main focus is the welfare of underprivileged children focusing on providing free quality education, health care and girl child development.

After winning the title ‘Miss Universe Ghana in 2004’, Menaye Donkor set up the Menaye Charity Organisation which raises funds for deprived children in her home country of Ghana, particularly children infected with and affected by HIV or AIDS.

Charity has always been important to Menaye. Her family, and father in particular, showed her the importance of giving back to the community, and Menaye wanted to do this in her home country of Ghana, particularly to support children in the deprived central region.

Through her charity she is solely responsible for providing the funds and management of the Menaye School of Hope, which has to date provided an education to over 500 Ghanaian children who would otherwise not have had access to an education (for more info, see box to the right).

Menaye has also raised awareness and funds to help support children affected or infected by HIV or AIDS at orphanages across Ghana. Menaye has previously worked with an orphanage in Odumasi in the Eastern region of Ghana, which homes around 600 children affected by AIDS.

Menaye’s intention is to grow and develop the Menaye School of Hope in Agona Asafo to meet the needs of more children. She will also continue to support Ghana’s orphans, and the education of society about prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS.


  1. As Miss Universe Ghana 2004, Menaye set up the Menaye Charity Organisation and took over the running of the Menaye School of Hope.
  2. In March 2005, Menaye was joined by six other delegates from the Miss Universe 2004 pageant at the Queen’s Ball to raise money for the orphanage in the Krobo region in the Eastern region of Ghana.
  3. The Menaye Charity Organization has contributed to the Korle Bu Fever Unit in Accra in the Central region of Ghana, as well as the Somanya Orphanage in the Krobo region.
  4. Over the last five years, the Menaye Charity Organisation has continued to expand the Menaye School of Hope, to offer more children an education that they otherwise would not have had access to.
  5. In August 2011, Menaye opened a new library and IT suite at the Menaye School of Hope to continue to drive standards and improve learning facilities for the children.
  6. Helping children infected & affected with HIV/AIDS.
  7. To buy a school bus for the Menaye School of Hope so that the pupils don’t have to walk the several miles between home and school each day.

Through the Menaye Charity Organisation we have organized two successful Charity Galas in Milano, which has enabled us to achieve the following:

  • Provide the school with a new school bus as a form of transportation to carry the students, especially the younger ones from their homes to the school. Under normal circumstances, a child as young as 4 years old will walk miles before attending school.
  • Rehabilitation of the old school blocks to create a comfortable environment for the children to study.
  • A Fence wall around the whole school compound to prevent domestic animals and other intruders from entering the school during and after school.
  • New playing ground with equipment for the nursery and kindergarten students.
  • Increase of teacher’s allowances to motivate them.
  • A new washroom structure has been constructed to encourage cleanliness.
  • A new library suite and a computer lab fully equipped with Internet access.
  • We acquired a land in the Ashanti Region in Konongo (My husbands hometown) to build another Menaye School of Hope in the future.
Future Plans

1.  To build additional school blocks for the nursery and primary section.

2.  To introduce a breakfast club to provide one free meal a day for the children.

3.  Additional books in the library to improve literacy skills.

4.  Uniforms.

5.  Increment of teachers salary.

6.  Construction of Menaye School of Hope in Konongo, the Ashanti Region.

Menaye School Of Hope

An emphasis on quality

The Menaye School Of Hope was founded on 7 September 2000 on three acres of land in the central region of Ghana but lacked basic necessities.  Menaye Donkor adopted the school after winning Miss Universe Ghana to help build a better environment for the children. She supported the school through fundraisers and her own personal money until two years ago where she raised sufficient amount of money at the “Together for Hope” Gala in Milano which has made a tremendous difference in the school.


The school is located in Agona Asafo, which is considered to be in one of the most deprived regions in the country with very high poverty and illiteracy rates.


The Menaye School Of Hope opened with 78 pupils learning in one school block, and now has 400 children in three blocks. It has so far provided education for many children and gained excellent results in all of its BECE examination (which has prepared them to enter high school). The Menaye Charity Organisation provides everything for the school from the physical buildings and equipment through to the teachers’ salaries, uniforms for the students, books and stationery.