Elvis Morris Donkoh

Hartwick Welcomes Ghanian Speaker for Talk on Education, Social Issues

April 11, 2011

Elvis Morris Donkoh will deliver a lecture titled "From Nowhere to Somewhere: A Real Life Experience from a Community Development Worker in Ghana, Africa" at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hartwick College campus. His talk is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Donkoh grew up facing his own struggles as a child near the town of Cape Coast in Ghana, and has transformed those challenges and hardships into motivation to make changes for others. He is involved in a variety of projects, working to make changes for the better, ranging from women empowerment to providing aid to children with HIV.

"During my Ghanaian service work experience in January 2010 and 2011, I lived in Elvis' volunteer guest house, where I was able to see how dedicated he is to all of his projects within the country," said Anne Louise Wagner '13. "I am excited that Elvis has the opportunity, thanks to the Go Fund, to travel to the United States, and even more excited to welcome him to Hartwick as a wonderful resource for so many students. We will have the amazing opportunity to learn from his work, his experiences, his culture, and his dedicated attitude."

Donkoh is the in-country coordinator/manager and director and founder of the Alliance for Youth Development, which works to help "the underprivileged to bridge the developmental gap that exists between the more endowed communities to the less ones to meet the ever-growing challenges of this world." He is leading a project to build the Free School in Asebu, which will give street children access to free education; works with The Go Fund's Children's Home of Hope; is the in-country coordinator for Sew for Sisterhood; and works tirelessly to aid the education of students at Asebu D/A Junior High School.

For more information, contact Wagner at

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