Team

Meet the SCEF Team.

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Paul Semeh

Executive Director, Founder

Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Philosophy

I started SCEF purely because I wanted to make my leadership skills available for people who can’t give back. Because for me, this is what leadership means! I think SCEF is the only opportunity that we are able to built a sustainable world on the bedrock of children who become the human resource of this world to be able to create a world safe for everyone. I believe that building strong children, strong families, strong systems and strong communities only comes with pure selfless teamwork and action of individuals.

paul.semeh@scef-international.org

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Abena Owusu-Gyamfi

Executive Assistant

BSc. Business Administration (HRM)

As a Business Administration (HR) graduate I possess a three years’ administrative experience and have the ability to organize people and systems in order to achieve objectives. I joined SCEF as a volunteer and had the opportunity to work closely with the Executive Director as the Executive Assistant. His infectious passion in his work in servitude to children left an indelible mark on me. With this plus all the dedicated team players, irrespective of our differences and ideas drive me every day to be a part of the team that is making a visible impact in the lives of the people in the community we serve.

 

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Isaac Abaidoo

Community Coordinator

Higher National Diploma in Textiles Designing and Graphics

I was born in James Town myself and I spent all my life here. My community is a community which needs so much development and sometimes when I sit back and watch the community, it seems like there is no hope. I decided to do my best to help especially the younger generation to get an education and slowly turn the community into a better place. I want to serve people who can’t pay me back and with SCEF, this is possible.

isaac.abaidoo@scef-international.org

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Widade Gifty Ofori

Fundraising Officer

Certified Broadcast Journalist

My struggles in life made me develop a passion to be a voice for the voiceless! I believe that one does not need to have it all to impact   the lives of street and vulnerable children. To me the best way to practice journalism is to address the problem from the core. I am proud to be part of the SCEF team in fighting the cause of street and vulnerable children through advocacy and fundraising to support their educational needs.

gifty-widade.ofori@scef-international.org

Nancy Aryee

Nancy Aryee

Project Assistant

Dip. Social Work

The welfare of a child is paramount to humanity as well as SCEF. My main objective is helping vulnerable children to become heroes of their time. Rescuing, Reintegrating and Rehabilitating is our hallmark. Working with vulnerable children is my greatest heart desire .When I heard of SCEF, I decided to join their train to raise these vulnerable children to become universal heroes.

nancy-ayorkor.aryee@scef-international.org

Bennet Boakye Danquah

Bennet Boakye Danquah

Social Service Coordinator

Bachelor in Christian Education

Knowing that education is every child’s right made me love the whole concept of what SCEF does. Rescuing children from the streets, taking them to schools and also providing them with the basic school supplies, are some of the things that attracted me to SCEF.

bennet-danquah.boakye@scef-international.org

Petteri Pietinen

Petteri Pietinen

Country Manager SCEF Finland, Founding Member

Bachelor in Social Work

Why I joined the SCEF team: SCEF does amazing work to benefit the children and whole community of James Town. Why would I not want to be a part of this?

Susanna Halinen

Susanna Halinen

Head of Volunteers Finland, Founding Member

Bachelor in Social Services

I am part of the founding team. In 2010 I did my practical training in Accra and in 2012 I worked with SCEF in PR. For me SCEF has always been very important because of  the achievement I see every week and every month. We have grown a lot during these years and it is a pleasure to see that we are making a difference together. In Finland, I have worked as a Coordinator for a Development Communications project at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, in co-operation with SCEF in 2013. This project was funded by the Ministry For Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Natalie Schuck

Natalie Schuck

Country Manager SCEF Germany

Master of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (LL.M.)

Right from the start I believed in the work SCEF is doing. It’s great to be part of the team that is not only giving so many children comfort, but also helping them into a better future by supporting them in their education and other struggles they fight on the streets! Even when I am not in Ghana, I can help the local SCEF team to empower vulnerable children – I do that with a lot of joy!

Carmen Belaschk

Carmen Belaschk

Finance Manager SCEF Germany

Degree in Music Journalism

I had my first connection to SCEF during a documentary project I realized in Ghana. I’ve been so excited about so many people fighting for a better education for children. In support of this great team of social workers, I opened an account to collect donations from family and friends. Meanwhile this account has become the German bank account for all benefits from german godparents and other donations to SCEF. I am very proud to transfer the money directly to Ghana – with no cent getting lost.

Elaine Brown

Elaine Brown

Country Manager SCEF USA

Bachelors in Education, Masters of Divinity

I took an early retirement to come to Ghana to work with children and heard of SCEF. I learned that many children, who are in school, could not read. This was one reason they were dropping out of school. Because of my passion for reading, I helped SCEF create and implement our Read Right Program. I like the social work SCEF does and therefore I am proud to have been the project coordinator of social work for many years. Now I support from the USA.

usa@scef-international.org

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Tina Kortelainen

Master of Social Sciences in Cultural Anthropology (M.Soc.Sci.)

I joined SCEF in 2012 by assisting SCEF Finland with a development communication project for students. One year later, I joined SCEF Ghana as a staff member and held the role of Project Coordinator (Fundraising, Administration) until 2015. After relocating to Berlin, I joined SCEF Germany. My main input is in the areas of communication, fundraising and partnerships. It’s a pleasure to support a local NGO that makes a positive impact in its surroundings.

tina.kortelainen@scef-international.org

Kelly Patterson

Kelly Patterson

Finance Manager SCEF USA

Certified in Early Childhood, Trained Foster Parent

Children all over the world deserve an education. I have a love for children and when I found out about SCEF I knew I wanted to be a part. Seeing the children’s eyes light up as they get their school books is so exciting.

usa@scef-international.org

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