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Our Story

In 2016, Emmanuel Nyame and Lawrence Fianko founded Educational Communities Worldwide (EduCom in short) to educate and train young people in skills that increase their employability and prepare them for life in a global society.

 

With Emmanuel as its CEO, Lawrence as the Executive Director, and Dr Bonnie Green leading the board, EduCom headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana. The founders chose Ghana as our first base of operations.

EduCom enrolled students in programs such as Career Collective, Internship for Impact, How to be a Global Scholarship Initiative, and Educom Travel - an initiative that sent students to 10 countries with the goal of learning and returning to develop their communities. We also offered them free career coaching services, proposed a cash card to solve their student debt problems and placed them as interns within EduCom and with other companies.

 

In late 2020, EduCom’s organization chart underwent changes. Lawrence stepped up as CEO, with Christine Rose at the helm of a new board. The pandemic was in full swing, so we shifted the focus of our programs to the immediate needs of students and other vulnerable people.

 

We provide full-ride scholarships to college students, health education, financial support for single mothers, and donate books and stationery to schools and orphanages. We are a new organization still laying our roots, with plans to grow into a worldwide institution that people can trust to provide reliable support for students around the world.

 

Our Values


We never lose sight of the people we serve. We strive to keep our approach respectful of each student and rooted in integrity. Our programs follow ethical guidelines and are mindful of local culture. We work with locals to gain insight, assess and solve their issues, and seek regular feedback to increase the effectiveness of our help. Every person at Educational Communities Worldwide is committed to the vision of a world where education and employment are a certainty for everyone.


Our values guide our organization’s actions. They are rock solid, enduring and non-negotiable.
 

  • Collegiality - Everyone at EduCom works together to share responsibility, ideas and tools in a spirit of collaboration and candor.

  • Integrity - We hold ourselves to high ethical standards, respect the rule of law and behave honestly and openly.

  • Resourcefulness - We are problem solvers who think creatively, act boldly and learn from our mistakes.

  • Results - We are accountable for lasting, measurable impact.

Meet our President

My name is Alexa Young

Christine Rose

"EduCom is dedicated to being a force for good in the face of a global crisis by providing opportunities for smart, hardworking, committed yet economically disadvantaged students to create better futures for themselves and their communities"

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Meet the Team

We are a small team on a big Mission.

In order for us as an organization to provide the best possible outcome — we focus on finding only the best of the best to work with us. These are individuals who define our culture, process and environment. We put an emphasis on working with only the smartest people who uphold our values and create new opportunities for our students and community members. We are driven, we are ambitious, and we are focused on building the best organization that we can so we can help as many people as we can.

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Board Members

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Christine Rose, ACC

President

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Robert Gillio, MD

Member of the Program & Finance Committee

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Juan Manuel Escalante.

VP & Chair of Fund Development Committee

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Godswill Mhlanga

Chair, Finance Committee

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Dr. Dawn Moore

Board Member

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Piyal Hyder

Board Secretary

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Pradeep Nair

Member of the Program & Finance Committee

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Edward Asare

Chair, Marketing Committee

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Vivian Bruno, LCSW

Chair, Development Committee

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Veronica Safoa Owusu

Member of the Program Committee

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Elorm Tetteh

Member of the Program & Fund Development

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David Osgood

Board Member

Staff Members

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Lawrence Fianko

Co-founder & CEO

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Ina Lee

Chief Development Officer

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Joseph Hamelo

Chief Finance Officer

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Addison Konlan

Force for Health Coordinator

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Akua Nyame-Mensah

Board Member 

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Dr. DeQuan M. Smith,

Board Member