It is the norm of most beauty pageants across the world for the winners to take on a charity project during their reign as beauty queens. However, what is rare is to find these queens continue in such projects after they pass on their titles.
Menaye Donkor won the Miss Universe Ghana pageant in 2004 and hasn’t turned her back on the charity projects she began since then. Soon after the pageant, she established the Menaye Charity Foundation and took over the running of Menaye International School which her parents set up in 2001. So far, over 500 children have been through the school and the facilities are continually expanding. She is solely responsible for raising funds to support the school which provides free, quality education to under privileged children in the rural areas.
Her foundation provides everything for the school from the buildings and equipment, to the teachers’ salaries, uniforms for the pupils, books and stationery. Through her charity foundation, she has also helped provide medical care for over 600 orphans infected with HIV or AIDS.