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August 31, 2009


Contact: Ira Simmons, President of Oneworld Works @ 1-310-572-1090

Contact: Gabriel Lindén sommarvägen 1 182 74 Stocksund Sweden Tel + (00) 46 70 447 03 54

Oneworld Works, a Venice, CA based 501 © 3 non-profit organization in collaboration with Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo based Espoir Pour Tous is proud to announce that Gabriel Lindén, a Swedish citizen will leave from Stockholm for the DRC on September 11, 2009.  He will spend two months in Kinshasa working with our Mobile School Program for street children and former child soldiers.  Gabriel will instruct the children on how to operate Flip video camcorders and digital cameras. They will document their daily lives in the streets of Kinshasa. Our goal is to produce a raw video documentary for a DVD and to publish photographs taken from the perspective of the students. The proceeds from the sales of the documentary and the book will provide scholarships for the participants and any additional funds raised will go to the program to assist more students.

Upon completion of his assignment in Kinshasa, Gabriel will travel to Kibeti, in the jungles of the Bandundu Province. There he will assist Jatukik Providence Foundation and Earth Rights Institute (our partners in the Los Angeles based Coalition for a Sustainable Africa) with their development of the DRC’s first Eco Village.

Gabriel Lindén graduated from Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium, located in Stockholm Sweden, on May 28, 2009. Last year he lived in Kenya for ten months where he encountered an environment characterized by cultural wealth and overwhelming poverty. During his time in Kenya he combined his studies with travel, voluntary work in the slums and wrote freelance articles for several Swedish newspapers. The post-election violence after the 2007 elections presented him with the opportunity to write a newspaper article for which he received a scholarship of 10,000 Swedish kronor ($1000.00 US dollars). Gabriel has also traveled in other African states, including South Africa, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Rwanda and Egypt.

Generally he is driven by a desire to interpret reality in sensitive ways. His ultimate vision is to take action to bring about change and influence the environment and human living conditions.

Gabriel will provide us with eyewitness news from Kinshasa.

You can support Gabriel and Oneworld Works’ programs by making a tax-deductible donation of any amount to the organization. Visit our website at and you will find the instructions regarding making a donation.

2138 Penmar Avenue Suite 3 Venice, CA 90291 Tel: 310-572-1090

January 27, 2009

After School Music & Arts Program proposal available by email.

"The proposal for Oneworld Works After School Music & Arts program is available by email. Please send your request to:".

Press Release July 10, 2008

Oneworld Works is pleased to announce that our website will be graced with the music of one of our International Advisors, the renown composer/poet Alexandros Hahalis from his latest CD "Dynameis" recorded with Rakesh Chaurasia playing flute. For more information about Alexandros, go to and

For further information contact:
Ira Simmons, President, Oneworld Works

Press Release April 18, 2008

Oneworld Works is pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership with Espoir Pour Tous (Hope For All) a Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo NGO. In July 2008, one of our advisors, Carsten Korfmacher, a philosophy PH D candidate at Oxford University will be volunteering as a street educator with the Mobile School program for street children and former child soldiers in Kinshasa. After three months, he will travel to the Eastern Congo to work with a first responder program.

For further information please call: 1-310-980-4686
Press Release - March 19, 2008
What's New.

Oneworld Works has become a member of the Coalition for a Sustainable Africa. CSAfrica is a coalition non-profit organizations working in Africa.
One of our projects is Trees for a Sustainable Africa (planting the Jatropha tree in the northern Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa).

For a complete list of projects and coalition members, click to this link
From Germany to the Congo, via Maxwell’s  
Terence Lyons, Mirror Staff Writer
Carsten Korfmacher is a German student from Dusseldorf and a doctoral candidate in metaphysics at Linacre College at Oxford who is in the Los Angeles area this week as part of a 25-state walking and hitchhiking tour of the U.S. to publicize and raise money for the street children of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly known as Zaire or the Belgian Congo).

Monday morning, June 18, Korfmacher sat down with the Mirror at Maxwell’s Café on the edge of Venice to talk about volunteerism, the Congo and the present state of hitchhiking in America.

Carsten explained that it is not uncommon for European students to take some time just before, during or just after university studies to volunteer their efforts for a worthwhile purpose.  Perhaps in part because his girlfriend is Tanzanian, his own interests tended toward Africa.  He said that a lot of people from Europe go to Ghana or Tanzania, which are relatively safe, but Korfmacher wanted to go where others didn’t.

Volunteer opportunities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are very limited; “there are many NGOs [non-governmental organizations], but few allow volunteers in the Congo” because of the dangers posed by the continuing aftermath of violent conflict following the Second Congo War which officially ended in July 2003.

Korfmacher sent a lot of emails to a lot of websites searching for volunteer opportunities in the Congo, and the only positive response came through His Excellency Atoki Ileka, the Congo’s Ambassador to the Permanent Mission to the United Nations, from a U.N. website established by Ira Simmons and his humanitarian organization, Oneworld Works, Inc., based in Venice, California.

The Second Congo War claimed an estimated 3.8 million lives between 1998 and 2003 “making it the single worst humanitarian disaster since World War II,” said Korfmacher.  Today, there are three million Congolese displaced and in need of immediate assistance, and more than half of these are children, he added.  In the capital city of Kinshasa – the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, on the verge of overtaking Paris – there are 16,000 “street kids” who he and Oneworld want to help with mobile school and computer lab programs.

Carsten traveled to the Congo last year and will return to work with a first responder organization based in Kinshasa, where he will be assigned to a team that assists refugees escaping the unrest in the east of the country with food, medical care, housing and clothing. 

For the present, he is in awareness-building and fundraising mode.  “I needed a project that was media-intensive and one in which I could meet a lot of people,” hence the 25-state walking and hitchhiking tour.  Korfmacher started in Canada’s Vancouver Island, and made his way down the Western States.  He will be in the LA area this week before continuing on through the Southwest, the South and up the Atlantic Coast to New York City.

Carsten has covered about 3,500 miles of his 9,000-mile trip.  He says he “thought the fundraising would be easier” but that he feels he’s now “getting into a rhythm” and hopes it will become smoother.  The hitchhiking, on the other hand, has been smooth from the beginning.  “I have met a lot of open-minded people and have not had one bad, or even awkward, experience.”  His longest wait for a ride has been two hours, and “in populated areas it has been very easy.” 

Interestingly, he has found his transportation benefactors wanting to talk about “the poor perception of America” in other parts of the world.  “I do not think that people anywhere in the world do not like American people,” he observes.

To make donations to support Carsten Korfmacher and the projects of Oneworld Works, you can email or send contributions to Oneworld Works, 2138 Penmar Avenue, Suite 3, Venice, California 90291, (310.980.4686).  Contributions are deductible to the extent provided by law for a 501(c)(3) foundation; EIN is 20-0542322.  To follow Carsten on his 25-state walking/hitchhiking adventure you can download his route map from his website at


“For Immediate Release”

Date 5/11/07

Dear News Director:

My name is Ira Simmons, I’m the President of Oneworld Works, a Venice California based 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation developing several projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

One of our volunteers, Mr. Carsten Korfmacher, a philosophy Ph d candidate from Oxford University will be stopping in Bozeman on Monday 5/14/2007 on his walking hitch hiking fund raising tour of 25 States to publicize his plans to work with Oneworld Works’ Mobile School and Computer Labs programs for Street Children and other students in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Carsten is determined to serve as a volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country of 62 million people. Over 4 million people have died from war, hunger and disease. During the last six years. Carsten hopes that his work will to help alleviate some of the suffering in the DRC.

Oneworld Works, a Venice, California based 501 (c) 3 charity was contacted by the His Excellency Atoki Ileka, the DRC’s Ambassador to the Permanent Mission to the United Nations and asked to assist Carsten in finding projects that he could work on in the DRC.

Carsten will also work with a First Responder organization based in Kinshasa, DRC. He will be assigned to a team that assists refugees escaping the unrest in the east of the country with food, medical care, housing and clothing.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has its first elected government in 40 years. The GDP is $800 per year. The people are very poor.

The country is very wealthy in natural mineral resources producing 80% of the world’s Tantalite (Coltan) an essential part of every cell phone, diamonds, gold, Cassiterite (Tin) and copper among other minerals. It has through the Congo River 40 to 50% of Africa’s Water Reserves. The newly elected government has pledged to turn things around and be transparent. The world is waiting and watching to see if the people will finally benefit from the country’s valuable resources.

To make Donations to support Carsten and the projects of  Oneworld Works, email us at: or send your contributions to Oneworld Works at 2138 Penmar Avenue Suite 3, Venice, California 90291, Telephone - 310-980-4686. Contributions are deductible to the extent provided by law for a 501 (c) 3 foundation. The EIN is 20-0542322. The URL is

To follow Carsten Korfmacher on his 25 state walking/hitch-hiking adventure you can download his route map from his website

To interview Carsten, call 504—875-9022.