About Us

Meet Our Team

Our Team in Europe

Benedikt Baratsits-Gruber

Benedikt Baratsits-Gruber

Founder & Chairman
A young Upper Austrian entrepreneur with a diploma in Business Studies, Marketing and International Trade from the Commercial College of Eferding.
Regina Gruber

Regina Gruber

Treasurer
An experienced lady, employed at the Austrian Pension Insurance Institution and the Hinzenbacher Puppenbühne. She volunteers for Kinderfreunde and Buch & Spiel Eferding.
Edi Catic

Edi Catic

Secretary
A young Upper Austrian student in the law department at the Johannes Keppler University in Linz. Edi also volunteers for the Upper Austrian Peace Academy.
Barna Gal

Barna Gal

Deputy Chairman
A young Upper Austrian student at the Technological University of Vienna with a great interest in philosophy. Barna was part of the founding members of the organisation.
Merlinda Mullabazi

Merlinda Mullabazi

Deputy Treasurer
A passionate young woman currently attending a commercial college in Austria, fraught with good intentions and wishes to make our world a better place.
Alexander F. Baratsits-A.

Alexander F. Baratsits-A.

Deputy Secretary
An experienced man, former vice-president of the Austrian journalist trade union and Chief Executive Officer of the Austrian Conservatorium of Press.

Our Team in Africa

Benedikt Baratsits-Gruber

Benedikt Baratsits-Gruber

Founder & Chairman
A young Upper Austrian entrepreneur with a diploma in Business Studies, Marketing and International Trade from the Commercial College of Eferding.
Silvester Odhiambo Odero

Silvester Odhiambo Odero

Secretary & Area Manager Africa
Silvester is a young Kenyan with a degree and diploma in social studies and community work from Tangaza University in Kenya. He was one of the founding members of the project.
Catherine Oketch

Catherine Oketch

Treasurer
Catherine is a young, motivated woman with years of experience in the field of education and non-profit work. She named her son “Ben” after the founder of MAKE A CHANGE.
Constant Hore

Constant Hore

Program Coordinator
Constant is an intelligent men holding a diploma in social studies and has gained experiences in the fields of related work for many years with different NGOs.
Jane Atieno

Jane Atieno

Community Representative
Jane is an important link to locals as a board member of “Community Conversation”, a CBO we have been cooperating with so as to implement programs in the Korogocho Slum.

What Volunteers Say

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I have always wanted to get involved in a humanitarian project, because helping others is a value that has always been important for me. If I can even only have a small positive impact on today’s society, it means a big victory for me. MAKE A CHANGE gave me the opportunity, with great professionalism, to actually MAKE A CHANGE and feel useful to the global community. I will continue to contribute in the years to come!

Solène Vangout
Volunteer in Montreal, Canada
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I am pleased to volunteer for MAKE A CHANGE for over a year now. The wide variety of responsibilities within an organisation enable different individuals having different skill sets to work on a common project. In my case, I contributed as a voluntary web designer helping the organisation put up their website to reach their audience. My partner and I just fell in love with the projects and the organisation’s idea. We just had to get involved!

Michael Ringlein
Volunteer in Helsinki, Finnland
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I was thrilled to hear about MAKE A CHANGE’s plans to expand their Knowledge As A Chance – Workshops programme to Kampala. Precisely, we are planning to pass on crucial information about family planning, reproductive health, HIV prevention and women empowerment in local communities. I appreciate the possibility MAKE A CHANGE has given me to change people’s lives in Uganda. Become a volunteer and help us establish the project!

Alex Matua
Volunteer in Kampala, Uganda
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I was the first international volunteer working 2 weeks in Nairobi, Kenya. It is an incredibly breathtaking experience to work with the local community implementing sustainable development aid programmes. Especially as a women I feel the need to advance women empowerment in many countries like Kenya. With MAKE A CHANGE we provided free quality education in the fields of family planning, reproductive health and HIV prevention. An experience everybody should gain!

Olivia Solska
Volunteer in Nairobi, Kenya

Volunteers

Simon Kreuzer

Simon Kreuzer

Volunteer
A young and dynamic student of a commercial college in Lower Austria. Simon’s main focus is providing justice and help to unprivileged people of our society.