Current Project

Sovie Junior Secondary School

Sovie, Ghana

Our first project was completed in January 2007. We built an experimental junior secondary school at Sovie, a small village in the Volta Region of Ghana in West Africa.


Progress at the Togbe Agodoa Kitti Memorial Junior Secondary School in Sovie has been remarkable for the school's first year.

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APEEDEC Board of Advisors

Lawrence Yawo Cyril Agodoa, MD, FACP

President and Founder

American Program of Educational Enhancement in Developing Countries, Inc. (APEEDEC)

Dr. Agodoa was born in Sovie in the Volta Region of Ghana, 120 miles north east of the capital city Accra. He completed primary and middle schools at Sovie. He then was admitted to and completed secondary education at the American mission school, Mawuli Secondary School, in Ho, the regional capital of the Volta Region. He enrolled in the College of Engineering where he spent a semester at the University of Science and Technology before he came to the US and enrolled in the pre-med program of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Following his graduation from Cornell University Medical College, he completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine at the University of Washington Hospitals in Seattle, Washington, and training in clinical and biomedical research in nephrology and renal pathology. He became Chief of the Nephrology Service at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington and later returned to the University of Washington and completed 2 years of clinical and research training in rheumatology and immunology. In 1985, he was appointed Director of the Military Medical Research Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

In 1987, Dr. Agodoa was appointed Director of the Clinical Affairs Program in the Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases, NIDDK. He has led several important clinical trials and studies in kidney diseases since his appointment to the NIH post. These include the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD), the Hemodialysis Trial, and the African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK).

In 2000, he became the Director of the newly created Office of Minority Health Research Coordination of NIDDK and to lead the development of the Institute’s strategic plan to reduce and eliminate minority health disparities. He currently supervises the implementation phase of the strategic plan. Some of the new initiatives under this plan include the Diabetes Education in American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Schools (DETS) Program, the National High School Student Summer Research Program (NHSSSRP), the Network of Minority Research Investigators (NMRI), and the Short Term Education Program in Underrepresented Persons (STEP UP). Dr. Agodoa is also a Program Director at the NIH, and a Professor of Medicine in the F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).

In 1995, while he and Mrs. Agodoa were visiting some of the villages in Ghana they were quite concerned about the number of children who were not attending school because of lack of resources, some of the primary and middle schools were completely run down, some of the “new schools” were in shacks because the communities lacked resources to provide better school buildings. In some schools, the children were forced to provide their own desks, chairs and supplies. They found similar conditions of lack of adequate resources to educate children while traveling in other countries in sub-Sahara Africa, in Central America, and South America. Further research revealed that most of the developing countries have similar conditions.

In 1997, in consultation with colleagues, philanthropic organizations and foundations to see how a crusade could be launched to help children in these affected areas of the world, they were advised that forming a not-for-profit organization would be a possible answer. Through this organization funds could be raised through public charity and used to support projects in these deprived communities. A legal counsel was sought and through her help the APEEDEC was established as a 501 (c) (3) organization in 1999.