OAK is an acronym derived from the official registered name of the organization – OKODIE AKWANTUO KUO – an Ashanti Twi (Ghana language) expression which translates loosely as JOURNEY OF EAGLES.
OAK Foundation started in 2013 as PAM Girls Advancement Club (PAMGAD). The club was the brainchild of Portia Agyei Yeboah, whose burning passion for the education and career development of young girls from poor homes, was nurtured out of the circumstances of her own childhood.
Portia grew up in a family so poor they could not afford to put her in school from an early age. She was later given to an extended family member who promised to educate her. However, this family member handed her to a petty trader in Northern Ghana as a servant. While her peers were in school, Portia spent her days fetching firewood from forests and hawking foodstuffs in the open markets of Tamale.