On the anniversary of his enstoolment in 2019, H.M. Oheneba Nana Kwame Obeng II stated,
"I am Tufohene (Warlord). We fought wars for territorial expansion to gain more land and resources for use by the people. Sometimes we waged wars to control trade routes and gain access to important markets, while other wars were to secure the boundaries of the state. Today, there are no more wars. I, therefore, declared war on illiteracy, poverty, disease and unemployment to promote development in my Kingdom and beyond, calling for the needed support in this regard. I am committed to fighting a different type of war in the 21st century, a war in the form of development."
Under the Republic of Ghana law, The Companies Act, 1963, Act 179, H.M. Oheneba Nana Kwame Obeng II, Chief of Sefwi Obeng-Mim, created and registered with the Republic the Oheneba Foundation as a Community Development Fund to help finance development initiatives, projects, and programs in the stool lands under his care.
The Foundation focuses on five key areas: Education, Health, Water and Sanitation, Agriculture, and Infrastructure.
The Oheneba Foundation was registered in Accra on 21st February 2020, registration number CG012342020, tax ID number C0035079169. The Oheneba Foundation was certified by the Department of Social Welfare as a Non-Government Organization (NGO) operating in the Suaman District Assembly (Dadieso) on 20 October 2020, registration numbers DSW/SDA/NGO/02, R.G.D./CG012342020.
The Foundation has a formalized governance structure and funding mechanism. The Foundation has a 7-member Board of Trustees (as of October 2020, there is one vacancy on the Board). Board members are appointed by Oheneba Nana Kwame Obeng II.
The Board Officers are H.M. Oheneba Nana Kwame Obeng II (Dacosta Ofosuhene), Chairman; Patricia Ataah Kwarteng, Director; Asante Stella, Secretary; Eddie Nikol, Auditor.
Additional members of the Board are Obahemaa (Queen Mother of Development) Nana Akua Kra II (a.k.a. Tee Gambles-Francis) of the U.S. State of Hawaii, and the Rev’d Dr. Christian D. Boyd of the U.S. State of Wisconsin as the Royal House Project Coordinator, Fundraising Officer, and Supreme Grand Chancellor of the Royal Orders. Nana Akua Kra II, as the Queen Mother of Development, oversees the operations and finances of the Royal House and is the key contact for development partnerships.
Patricia Ataah Kwarteng serves as the Director of the Foundation and oversees the in-country day-to-day operations.
The Board meets once a year to review projects and programs, as well as approve the Foundation’s budget and expenditure. The accounts of the Foundation are audited annually by an independent financial auditor.
Funding for the Foundation is primarily through contributions from donors across the world, especially those who are members of the Royal House’s Royal Order of the Golden Fire Dog and Royal Order of Obeng II, dynastic orders of merit reflecting the Akan traditional Asafo. Other donors are individuals moved by the work of H.M. and his passion, as well as other foundations and non-government organizations (NGO) whose purposes align with the Foundation.
THE DEVELOPMENT AREA
Sefwi Obeng-Mim is composed of numerous farming communities in the Juabeso District in the Western Region of the Republic of Ghana. The Obeng-Mim Stool lands have about 1,500 people, many of who are subsistent cocoa farmers. The primary development area is located in the middle of the Krokosue Forest Reserve under Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Area, one of the largest forest reserves in Ghana. Due to the location of the community, it is difficult in accessing the most basic developmental project by the central government and government funding. Providing safe and clean potable water, as well as medical and educational development, as well as other human services, is left to the traditional chieftaincy institution.
Securing bright futures for young people in our communities is crucial. That is why the Foundation invests in scholarships, classroom blocks, libraries and ICT centers, early childhood development centers, teaching and learning materials, as well as accommodation for teachers and the education directorate.
Enhancing quality of life, preserving human dignity, and adding value to life – these have become possible through increased access to quality health and maternal care in our communities.
Significant investment in agriculture continues to improve the livelihood of members of our communities. Through the provision of inputs and extension services, farmers are producing more and contributing to the enhancement of Ghana’s food and nutritional security.
The provision of infrastructure, including community centers and good roads, has eased transportation and improving the quality of life of members of our host communities.
Water and Sanitation
In collaboration with government agencies, NGOs, and other key stakeholders, we are addressing issues regarding access to potable water and sanitation in our communities. Through the provision of small-town water supply systems, mechanized boreholes, and hand-dug wells, our communities have unfettered access to potable water.