MBA Class Project Inspires Nonprofit
Afowiri “Kitz” Fondzenyuy, MBA '06, founder and CEO of the Amom Foundation, presented on his charity to the University of St. Thomas Business Ethics Society on Jan. 12.
The recipient of the 2006 Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable Scholarship, Fondzenyuy created Amom in 2006 while taking the business ethics core course with Dr. Michele Simms. What began as Fondzenyuy’s Master of Business Administration project on ethics and corporate social responsibility, eventually opened the door to a career in philanthropic nonprofit management and the opportunity to help to improve health and educational services in his native country of Cameroon, Africa.
The Amom Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides education to the rural poor and underprivileged children in Cameroon, Central Africa. The Business Ethics Society is adopting the Amom Foundation as its flagship service project.
“The Cameron School of Business has changed my life by helping me find my passion,” Fondzenyuy said. “Dr. Simms taught us about social responsibility and entrepreneurship, and she gave us opportunity to go out into the real world to use our business education to make a difference.”
Beginning with a simple shipment of soccer balls to his former village of Ngondzen, Fondzenyuy has nurtured the class project into Amom Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Amom recently raised funds to purchase 251 English textbooks for the primary school in his village.
“You tend to forget the impact that little things can have on people,” he said. “That was the wakeup call that led me to where I am.”
Pictured: Afowiri “Kitz” Fondzenyuy, MBA ’06 and Center for Business Ethics members