Third World Impact

UAlbany students strengthening communities and improving the quality of life from the local to global levels.

The University at Albany student group Third World Impact was recognized nationally on Sunday by Newman's Own Foundation for its efforts to build a primary school for more than 500 students in Uganda. As part of the second-annual Newman's Own Foundation Campus Community Service Challenge, Third World Impact partnered with The Giving Circle, a Saratoga (N.Y.)-based non-profit organization, for a Newman's Own Foundation grant. The group received the top award of $25,000 during a presentation at the America East Conference basketball championship in Hartford, Conn.

Third World Impact is working on three major projects:
• A clothing drive, UA Students for a Better World, to be held the week of March 23. The clothes will be sent to developing nations and local charities.
• The group will help out at the next Dump and Run, collecting used furniture that will be distributed to newly arrived refugees through the USCRI.
• A dinner and student talent show to raise money for charities in developing nations.

Adomfeh, who volunteers with the USCRI in Albany, tutoring and mentoring two brothers from Myanmar (Burma), said his group seeks to increase the number of UAlbany students who volunteer there.

Borrowing a quote from Gandhi, Adomfeh said, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world. We hope to turn the students of UAlbany into a force that will change the world."