Lady Julia Osei Tutu wife of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, is the Executive Director of the Serwaa Ampem Foundation for Children, (SAFC) an NGO set up in 2002 to be an advocate for vulnerable children in Ghana and to make interventions on issues affecting children in our society. For the past six she has been the pillar of the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation as Executive Chairman of Board of Trustees.
Lady Julia had her secondary school education at Wesley Girls’ High School, Cape Coast. In 1989 she entered the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon, where she obtained a Bachelor of Law Degree, LL.B (Hons.) in 1992 and continued at the Ghana School of Law, Accra where she completed the Professional Law Course and was called to the Ghana Bar in 1994.
In September 1995 Lady Julia was admitted for postgraduate studies at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada and obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Humanitarian Law, after which she served as an intern with Amnesty International’s United Nations Office in New York.
In 1998 she joined Ecobank Ghana Limited as Legal/Corporate Affairs Officer. She was until March 2002, secretary to the National Partnership for Children’s Trust, Ghana.
The scope of activities of her organizations cuts across many social issues but predominantly in the areas Education, Health, Water and Sanitation. Combining new innovations and improvement on the existing strategies for tackling issues her Foundations over the past 12 years have provided support for organizations, individual and strengthened of social support structures in Ghana. These activities are not limited to only the jurisdiction of the Kingdom of her husband but cut across many regions and ethnic groups in Ghana.
Prominent among the foundations activities are provision of Educational materials for schools, Scholarship for brilliant and needy students from very deprived areas, institution of an annual national awards for teachers from very deprived areas in Ghana as a way of motivating them to stay.
Among some of her innovations are the establishment of ‘Orphanage on Wheels’ – which support Children Infected and Affected with HIV at their very palace of abode: To reduce or remove stigmatization associated with service provision for this vulnerable population. The Otumfuo Mobile Learning and Mobile Dental Project add up to of her innovations of ensuring that deprived children in rural communities have access to computers to learning ICT and reading materials as well as Dental care in the very place they live without having to travel. These three programmes have supported over 100,000 children so far over the past 5 years.