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

Shirley Eileen Agodoa, RN, BSN, MSN, CERN, CPAN


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

Ms. Shirley Agodoa was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA. Her family moved to Longview, Washington, where her father took a teaching job in the public schools. She completed primary, middle and high school education in Longview. She then enrolled in the Lower Columbia Junior College and subsequently completed a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree at the University of Washington in Seattle. She also completed a master’s degree in Advanced Nursing at the Central Washington State College in Ellensberg.

She spent most of her professional career in community nursing practice, including time as a medical/surgical staff nurse, nurse supervisor, and emergency room staff nurse at hospitals in the states of Washington and Maryland. With the busy schedule of a practicing nurse, she also found time to raise five children and teach nursing students (clinical nurse instructor) at the Grays Harbor Community College in Aberdeen, Washington.

In 1988, she changed direction and took up nursing in government service. She began as a recovery room staff nurse, was then promoted to Assistant Division Officer in the Ambulatory Procedure Unit, and finally to Manager, Prescreen Unit, Same Day Surgery, all at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. In 2003, she joined the Nursing Staff at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington, and retired from full time nursing in 2006.

In 1995, while she and Dr. 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 and 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.

In 1997, in consultation with philanthropic organizations and foundations to explore possibilities of finding funds to help these children and others like them in all areas of the world with similar deprivation, they were advised that forming a not-for-profit organization would be a possible answer. Through this organization, funds could be raised through a public charity and used to support projects in these deprived communities. Through the help of legal counsel, APEEDEC was established in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) organization.