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Organizing a youth conference in Ghana

In Ghana, youth are working to hold an international youth conference with the help of Paajaf, a Ghanaian foundation that serves underprivileged children, youth and women. (Paajaf)In Ghana, youth are working to hold an international youth conference with the help of Paajaf, a Ghanaian foundation that serves underprivileged children, youth and women. (Paajaf)
12 August 2010

Accra, Ghana: Paajaf is a Ghanaian foundation that serves underprivileged children, youth and women. Youth leaders in the communities, which Paajaf serves, have expressed the desire to share knowledge with other youth around the world.

In response, Paajaf is working to hold an international youth conference in Ghana on the theme “Youth engaging Youth on the MDGs”. Online volunteers are helping Paajaf make this ambitious project happen.

“They are working hard to help us organize this international youth event in Ghana”, says Executive Director Philip K. Appiah.

Kalinda Russell, 31, from Australia, coordinates a team of online volunteers, draws up project plans, writes grant proposals and helps Paajaf seek partnerships with charity organizations.

Kalinda has a background in education and brings ten years of experience managing social programmes: ”I have facilitated international youth programmes, worked as a leadership coach to indigenous Australian women and young people, as a volunteer helping migrant and refugee youth settle in Australia, as a facilitator of youth roundtables for marginalised youth sectors, and much more.

The Paajaf foundation is working to support the development needs of underprivileged children, youth and women, which is deeply aligned with my own passion. It’s really fulfilling working without thought of personal gain, and I’m learning more everyday about the priorities and issues facing non-profit NGOs in Africa!”

Tommaso Bareato, 31, from Italy and currently living in the U.K., is helping the foundation, together with other online volunteers, develop and manage the budget and obtain funding.

“We have started a few months ago and there is still a long way to go, but we are making progress! I am keen to channel my free time and business skills to help Paajaf Foundation in its quest to promote the UN Millennium Development Goals in Ghana.”

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