A BRIEF HISTORY
Established in 2007 by Prince Williams Oduro, a then first year student at the University of Ghana, Legon, African Rights Initiative International (ARII) was calved out of a deep passion to see society developed and children, especially, orphans and vulnerable, the future of humanity, and disadvantaged women coming out of obscurity to have a sense of self –worth. Our aim is to partner governments, corporations, development institutions, community groups and single individuals across the globe in providing a more viable practical, result oriented and sustainable services in promoting human dignity and sustainable livelihood.
ARII started as a student group with its popular name Unique Impact Foundation and then to its second name Family Vision Africa . The group won the hearts of many students and lecturers alike with its membership standing of over one hundred and fifty (150) people drawn from all levels and fields of study with different nationalities, backgrounds and experiences; committed to fighting poverty and the provision of educational and health opportunities for children.
The group received enormous support from Dr. Felix Ahorsu, an alumnus of University of Ghana and Prof. Karen A. Duca, PhD, Associate Professor Dept. of Biochemistry and Biotechnology Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Ghana, W/A and Affiliated Research Associate Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA. The two later became the first members of the Advisory Council otherwise known as the Board of Directors.
The commitment to the underlying principles establishing the organization led to a more institutional approach in perpetuating the concept of promoting the common interest of humanity by instituting a strong African humanitarian network in fulfilling this mandate.
Our prayer is that all humanity will come to understand the joy of living together with basic needs met. ARII does not seek “security” for people. Rather we seek the opportunity for all men; especially, women and children; to level the playing fields and to create a better platform for their development. We share the belief that “global prosperity and peace will only be achieved once the entire world’s people are empowered to order their own lives and provide for themselves and their families”; Our commitment is to make people more responsible to become active citizens and major players in national development.
ARII had its first meeting on 13th of March, 2007 at the Mensah Sarbah Hall, University of Ghana, Legon with the first attendants being nine (9). It was incorporated under the Companies Code 1963(Act 179) as a Limited Company on 5th November, 2007