Ellen and Andrea Osei,
Founders of Raising H.O.P.E
Raising H.O.P.E. was founded in 2011 when two sisters who understood the difficult task of attempting to raise funds for orphans were being met with a lack of financial resources and foundations in support of this effort.
This barrier was presented particularly in the Ghana, West Africa where their family originates from. Based in the United States, Ellen and Andrea hope to have an organization that will immediately address the socio-economic issues that orphans and orphanages in Ghana face.
President: Ellen Osei, MS OTR/L
Ellen is the President and Co-Founder of Raising H.O.P.E. Ellen received a master of science degree in occupational therapy from Columbia University, NY, and practices as a pediatric occupational therapist in Staten Island, NY, and within the NYC public school system, focusing on children with special needs that range from Autism Spectrum disorders to general Learning Disabilities.
Ellen is the 2nd Runner- Up of Miss Ghana USA 2011, and a member of the North Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. With knowledge of the disadvantage and developmental barriers that children from underprivileged communities may experience, it is her goal to ensure that all children who benefit from the contributions and programming of Raising H.O.P.E. are given the opportunity to flourish and enhance their quality of life through promotion of active participation in activities or occupations that are meaningful to them.
Secretary: Andrea A. Osei, PharmD, AAHIVP
Andrea is the Secretary and Co-Founder of Raising H.O.P.E. In 2008, Andrea received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Rutgers University and practices as a clinical pharmacist in New Jersey with special focus in HIV/AIDS.
In 2009, there were an estimated 1.1 million orphans living in Ghana with approximately 160,000 being orphaned by AIDS. It is her desire to raise HIV awareness and ensure that every orphan is provided with access to proper healthcare, education and shelter. It is her hope that with the provision of these basic necessities, these individuals will have the ability to positively impact their communities in the future.