Cynthia Oteng is the founder of Merona Foundation a non-profit organisation that has succeeded in a number of charitable projects. Our vision is to promote education and provide robust support to disadvantaged children, young people and adults.
Read on to find out why Cynthia is a leader…
Country of birth:
Ghana and grew up in the UK
African countries you have visited:
Ghana and Tunisia
African dialects spoken or understood:
Fanti and Twi
Your family background:
I am a British Ghanaian with two children, whose parents came to England in the early 70’s. My mother worked firstly as a skilled labourer before becoming a carer at a nursing home and then changed her role into catering and worked at St Georges’ Hospital, London and this is where I developed my passion for helping others.
Tell us something about your leadership roles (employed or voluntary):
I studied personal leadership and certificate in business.
Ambassador – International Affairs Aug 2008 –Sept 2013
Acted as an Ambassador from the MHRA to the Ghana Food and Drug Authority (GFDA) in addition to my responsibilities as Pharmacovigilance Service co-ordinator.
Key communication link between GFDA and MHRA, including copious planning and liaising extensively with Chief Executive Officer and the Head of Pharmacovigilance to facilitate close collaboration between the two organisations and development of the Business Plan.
I am also the founder of Merona Foundation a non-profit organisation that has succeeded in a number of charitable projects. Our vision is to promote education and provide robust support to disadvantaged children, young people and adults. I commenced voluntary work in the UK and Ghana with minimal support, the Foundation has assisted young and older people with valuable Skills and Empowerment.
We have also worked with St.Elpheges RC School, School in a bag and Save the Children.
- Joy Projects, Ghana
- Homeless Outreach campaign, UK
- Prudential Ride London, UK
- Computer and Empowerment programme, UK
- Manhean community school Tema, Ghana
- Glory School, Ghana
- Royal Seed Homes and School, Ghana
What recent achievements (in the last 3 years) are you proud of and why. Give examples of the positive impact you have made in the diaspora and/or on the continent:
Last year Merona Foundation championed the donations with School in bag by donating over 500 school bags equipped with essentials for a child’s education. The distribution took place at Manhean Community School Tema, Ghana and was joyfully received by all children and teachers.
A few words of advice to young leaders (age 5-11):
- Every child should have a basic education and children must listen to advice, pay attention for them to grow and develop their mind.
- Appreciate and learn the value of society, you should understand the crux of supporting others.
- Be connected with your routes and culture, this will enhance your passion and flair to be the best you can be.