UN Women Singapore and MasterCard Unveil Ghanaian among 10 Finalists for Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World

posted Aug 3, 2011, 3:12 PM by Green Ghana Volunteers

The Singapore National Committee for UN Women (UN Women Singapore) and MasterCard have unveiled the top 10 finalists for Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World. Launched in commemoration of the 100th year of International Women’s Day, Project Inspire is a worldwide platform for socially-inspired 18-35 year-olds. 

This initiative gives youth from around the world the chance to empower disadvantaged women or girls in Asia/Pacific, Middle East or Africa.Youth representing 50 countries from around the world submitted hundreds of life-changing ideas as 5-minute pitch videos (or written proposals) for a chance to win a US$25,000 grant. The grant will be used to bring to life the winning idea through education, skills training, financial inclusion or social entrepreneurship.

Odelia Ofori, a Ghanaian and an Associate of the Green Ghana Volunteers program of Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa has been selected among the top ten finalists invited to Singapore to pitch the inspired ideas in front of a judging panel, including today’s top global development and social entrepreneurial experts, and social advocates in Singapore on 24 August 2011. Her project is the only African originated and tackles problem of Malnutrition, Poverty and Climate Change.

In a brief interview with an elated Odelia, she expressed gratitude to the UN Women Singapore and MasterCard for believing in the project to transform lives of disadvantaged women and girls in Ghana. In an answer to a question on what makes her project unique, she stated, the project works directly to achieve five core aspects of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These include: Ending Poverty and Hunger, Gender Equality, Child Health, Maternal Health and Environmental Sustainability.

Readers can cast their vote for Odelia Ofori by clicking here


By Portia Adwoa Siaw/

Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa Launches Job Creation and Sustainability with Green Ghana Project’s ‘Miracle Tree’

posted Sep 24, 2009, 10:15 AM by Green Ghana Volunteers   [ updated Oct 1, 2010, 4:35 AM ]

The VPWA Green Ghana Project has begun the task of reviving African land with Moringa oleifera seedlings – helping to sustain livelihoods and generate jobs.

Volunteer Partnerships for West African has organized a workshop in Darmang Anhuntem, a rural farming community in the Eastern Region of Ghana to launch the ‘Miracle Tree.’

Also known as ‘mother’s best friend’, the Moringa tree can grow in hot climates has both nutritional and medicinal properties, making it an essential project undertaking by the VPWA.

The VPWA Green Ghana Project will be transplanting Moringa seedlings from a one hectare farm land in Darmang Anhuntem to rehabilitate degraded lands due to various mining activities both in Eastern and Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

The Project is also seeking to construct a Youth Development Centre, which will train rural youth in assembly, installation and repair, of solar devices. This enterprise is expected to generate hundreds of sustainable jobs, giving local communities a brighter future.

Green Ghana Project consultant and workshop facilitator, Suzanne Enoh-Arthur, is optimistic that the scheme by VPWA will be supporting home-grown solutions, resolving the hardships facing communities in Ghana.

The Project launch was also used to unveil the newly constructed office for VPWA duties and activities in the Eastern Region of Ghana. This brings in total, three satellite offices of VPWA in Ghana.

Hayford Siaw, Green Ghana Project Country Coordinator and Executive Director of VPWA, emphasized the need to rehabilitate degraded lands and called for more awareness by Human Rights Activists on community rights and effective land use. He said: “Degraded lands do not only cause fertile breeding grounds for mosquitoes but also deprive people of their livelihood. It is our hope that when these lands are rehabilitated mosquito borne diseases will be drastically reduced in the beneficiary communities, while agricultural productivity is boosted.”


VPWA Volunteers from Ghana, the US, England, Canada, Italy and Switzerland joined the community of Darmang Anhuntem led by the Chief Lindquist, Okyeame Nana Agyei for the workshop.



Notes for the Editor:

Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa (VPWA) is an indigenous African volunteer driven development NGO, engaged in applying the services of global volunteers. These volunteers make a local impact in West African communities with the aim of helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals-MDGs. For more information go to:

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