Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

AfriKids: multi-award winning charity run by Brookes' Anthropology alumna

Thursday, 16 February 2012

There has been a lot of buzz in the media recently about AfriKids, a charity set up by former Oxford Brookes Anthropology student, Georgie Fienberg. After a trip to Ghana Georgie was inspired to fundraise when she started at Brookes, raising £30,000 for a home for vulnerable babies thought to harbour evil spirits. Georgie's dissertation was on the Spirit Child Phenomenon. "My time at Oxford Brookes fuelled my enthusiasm for International Development and more specifically Africa," says Georgie. She went on to set up AfriKids, a child rights organisation which works alongside indigenous communities in Ghana to improve the quality of life for rejected and vulnerable children. AfriKids - and Georgie herself - have won six national and five international awards, including the Charity Times Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement and the Third Sector Excellence Award for Accountability and Transparency. Georgie's ambition is for AfriKids Ghana to become managerially and financially self-sufficient, a goal which the organisation is already well on its way to achieving, thanks to a number of income generating social enterprises managed by the 160 locals who make up AfriKids Ghana team. The AfriKids Medical Centre is one example, a project which provides vital healthcare free at the point of delivery to over 60,000 patients per year and generates around £100,000 in profit annually, funds which are fed back into AfriKids' innovative child rights work.
AfriKids project, Operation Sirigu, has since ensured the SCP has been almost completely wiped out in parts of Ghana’s Upper East Region," Georgie said, "And the local programme manager even won the International Service Award for the Defence of Children’s Rights, a very proud moment for us all.