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Third World Impact making an impact

When Emmanuel Adomfeh spent two years in Ghana, his parents' homeland, that's when he decided to make a change.

That was one of the first times I saw that a lot of my relatives were living in poverty, dire situations, and that kind of opened my mind for the first time in terms of the disparity and standard of living, said Adomfeh.

Born in the United Kingdom but raised in Clifton Park since the age of 9, Adomfeh held on to that urge for change until his freshman year of college at SUNY Albany when an opportunity to do something, presented itself.

"In my freshman dorm room [in 2008] a friend of mine and I were having an argument about African politics and at the end we didn't feel that we had made any difference, so we decided to direct our energy, rather than arguing, to something positive and impact the world," said Adomfeh.

Out of that inconclusive argument, Third World Impact was born.

Third World Impact is a student group dedicated to raising student awareness of issues facing developing nations around the world.

"Our primary goal is to help students learn ways to make a positive impact in the rest of the world," said Adomfeh.

Adomfeh served as the first president of the group and quickly got the ball rolling on several projects, like clothing drives for victims of abuse in the Congo and rebuilding parts of Mississippi devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

"We've been organizing as many projects and events that help the community locally, as well as nationally," said Adomfeh. "We've been involved with U.S. refugees and immigrants, organized classes, taught English to refugees from regions like Burma and the Congo and invited speakers."

The most recent speaker was a teacher from Afghanistan who works at an orphanage. He brought one of his top students along with him to share her story of overcoming the tragedy of both parents being killed by the Taliban.

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