Third World Impact making an impact

"The fact that she was able to come and speak anybody can overcome difficulties and make a difference in the world," said Adomfeh.

Third World Impact's largest project to date is building a school and orphanage in Uganda, which a $25,000 grant made possible.

After founding and fostering Third World Impact from the start, Adomfeh is handing the reins over to junior Nishtha Modi after graduating a biology major on Sunday, May 15.

"She's driven and intelligent from India," said Adomfeh. "She's leading the Ugandan initiative and will be leaving with a group going to Uganda this summer to help finish building the school."

Modi will also be spearheading more programs targeting refugees in the local area.

"There are over 500 refugees that come to Albany alone every year," said Adomfeh. "There's a lot of help needed in that area."

Modi said if people take a moment to look at what's going on in the world, they'll hopefully realize (like she did) that there's a need for change.

Third World Impact wasn't the only way Adomfeh found to give back.

Throughout his time at SUNY Albany, he tutored middle school students, high school students and undergraduates in biology and chemistry. He also conducted research on chimpanzee evolution.

The next step in his journey will be to participate in the Teach for America program, a project aimed at "eliminating educational inequity in the United States by enlisting its most promising future leaders into teaching position."

"Emmanuel is a natural leader and would be a perfect fit for Teach for America," said Dan Wulff, professor of Biological Sciences and Adomfeh's advisor. "He is continually placing himself in leadership positions that inspire and enable others to make a difference as well."

Adomfeh is planning to pursue a medical degree that he wants to use to improve healthcare in Ghana.

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