Anansi Educational NGO was founded, developed and is currently run by director Kathryn Roe. As an instructor at Whatcom Community College, in Bellingham Washington from 1971-2007, she has long believed in the value of a education. While at Whatcom she taught ceramics, art history, drawing, color and design, and computer art.

In 1997, during a sabbatical, Kathryn traveled to West Africa and there she fell in love with the people, the colors and the opportunity to learn an entirely different culture. Upon her return to Whatcom, and with a tremendous desire to return to Africa, she found the support of the college to create a quarter-long study abroad program. This cultural experience was successfully realized in 2000. Prior to this African project, she had planned and implemented similar study programs in both Mexico and France.

In 2004, Kathryn enlisted friends and family to sponsor the high school education of six teens from the village of Mpeasem in Ghana. Since then the organization, Anansi Educational NGO, has funded the education of over 50 students from rural villages. The first graduating class of Anansi students finished their high school studies at the end of the 2007-08 academic year. At this time, Anansi is funding 38 high school students and has 16 graduates.