MAAH foundation is a well known charitable organization and duly incorporated (charitable organization registration number is printed on official income tax receipts) with the goal of promoting the African cultures and solidarity through social services and representation, and cultural activities. Thanks to its donors, the Foundation plays an indispensable role in securing the well-being and integration of the Afro Quebecois.
The organization was founded 22 years ago in Montreal, under the label of African Village Foundation, by Nikowe Germain Amoni, who is from Togo and holds a doctorate (Ph.D) in economics (University of Pantheon Sorbonne, Paris); Suzanne Berger, a teacher who has worked in Africa; and Therese Gaubert, a social worker and midwife, who has run an important community centre and clinic in Chad.
Previously, Dr. Amoni had acquired exceptional experience in community development. A founder of agricultural cooperatives in Chad, he also created a House of Africa in Le Havre (France). Dr. Amoni has also been a teacher, in both France and in Canada, and has worked as a staff of industrial development in the Quebec government.
Before becoming MAAH Foundation, the African Village Foundation rendered essential services to the Afro-Quebecois of the Greater Montreal area: including food distribution to the needy, assistance in finding housing or a job, and the setting up of the socio- cultural activities.
In October 2006, the MAAH Fondation du Village Africain redefined its mission and vision, particularly by adding the African Museum and Theatre projects, as well as by changing its name to the MAAH foundation.