Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa Team

Rui Oliveira

News portal “NGO News Africa”Rui Oliveira, a retiree with more than 40 years of experience in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), created a news portal for the Ghana-based NGO Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa (VPWA). The portal, which provides information for and about NGOs in Africa, has already reached 2,000 subscribers and an average of 15,000 visitors per month.

“Rui created the web portal NGO News Africa in 2009 and has been the webmaster ever since. He recently re-modified the website integrating so many amazing features! Communication with Rui was joyful and fulfilling and we are grateful for his dedication to serving the NGO community in Africa”, Portia Sey, VPWA’s volunteer manager, said.

With NGO News Africa, VPWA intended to provide a one stop shop where journalists, donors, researchers, volunteers and other interested people worldwide can find information about and relevant to the work of NGOs across the African continent.

Every day, Rui publishes new information provided by online volunteers, who act as correspondents for different African countries. This includes articles on development issues, news on the activities of NGOs as well as information on grant opportunities for NGOs.

Rui Oliveira, Portugal: “I was in Guinea-Bissau, where my concern with people who have less on earth, and my wish to help, originated. I suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, and after retiring from something that I love, my work in ICT, I was completely stressed, and lost. That was when a friend from Africa told me about online volunteering. I registered and applied to the VPWA opportunity, was accepted, and my life changed completely. I feel useful, and the stress is almost gone. I have volunteered online with several other NGOs. When I see that I have more free time, I go and look on www.onlinevolunteering.org for another NGO that needs help.”