Elvis Morris Donkoh

Ghanaian Activist Returns to Hartwick, Oneonta for Talks

April 25, 2012

Ghanaian Activist Elvis Morris Donkoh will return to Oneonta to give two public lectures in the coming weeks.

The first, titled "Sew for Sisterhood: Empowering Women in Ghana" will be delivered at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Oneonta. The second, titled read "Their Story and Celebration: The Histories and Resilience of the Ghanaian Children of the Asebu Community" is planned for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9 in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hartwick College campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

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 such a variety of projects that are working to make changes for the better, ranging from women empowerment to providing aid to children with HIV.

At just 28 years old, Donkoh is the co-founder and on-site director of the Global Opportunities Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and serving the region's most vulnerable children. He also independently founded and created the Alliance for Youth Development Non-Profit Organization. This organization is dedicated to the empowerment of children. Its projects include the Home for Hope, a home for children who are orphaned due to HIV/AIDS, the Free School Project promoting a free and progressive education for street children, HIV education programs in local junior high schools, food supply projects that ensure nourishment of local children, support of after-school athletic programs, Sew for Sisterhood project giving young women financial independence and empowerment, and more. Over the years, Donkoh has expanded his work to sustainably support so many families, children, and surrounding communities. He also serves as a member of the district government.

This is his second visit in as many years to Hartwick College and Oneonta.

"I have volunteered with Elvis for the past three years within his Alliance for Youth Development organization in Asebu, Ghana," said Anne Louise Wagner '13. "Over the years, Elvis as become like a brother and a mentor to me. His endless commitment to social justice work for Ghanaian women and children has always impressed me. Elvis never stops working towards supporting others and is known as a great leader in his community. I am excited to help strengthen the Alliance for Youth Development's tie to the Oneonta and Hartwick College communities by hosting him here once again. I believe that we are on the path to creating a sustainable partnership where we can all benefit through supporting and learning from each other."

For further information, contact Anne Louise Wagner at or 603-767-7039.

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