The Enactus teams from Kenyatta University, Moi University and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology have been selected by Ford Motor Company Fund to receive USD 1,000 each to implement their community projects. The Ford C3 Building Sustainable Communities Projects run in partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund and global non-profit organization Enactus.
“The Ford College Community Challenge is a key part of our global strategy to empower young people to become transformational agents of change in their communities,” said Mike Schmidt, Director, Education and Global Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Through C3, we recognize that students can be a huge force for good and that if we give them the right support, they can change in the world.”
The main focus of the grant-winning projects includes recycling and reusing water to manage the water shortage challenge in Kenya from The Enactus Kenyatta University team, The Enactus Moi University team are exploring ways of repurposing glass and plastic waste to make a wide range of home products such as tables. The Enactus JOOUST Team seeks to provide alternative sources of energy to reduce deforestation and its effects on the environment.
“We are very excited to be partnering with the Ford Motor Company for our project – AQUATOUCH this year. We will utilize the grant award to grow the reach of the project and impact a wider area” SandraPaul Wanjiru, Enactus KU Team President.
“Our team at JOOUST is humbled that we receive the Ford grant award for two years in a row. We are looking forward to another year of partnership with Ford to create a sustainable environment” Merrilyn K Chizanga, Enactus Jooust Faculty Advisor.
The Ford College Community Challenge (C3) initiative mobilizes university students to empower communities to become more sustainable places to work and live. Within the program, student-led community projects are being chosen in Brazil, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa and the United Kingdom that will address critical community needs through self-sustaining projects.
About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. For more than 60 years, Ford Motor Company Fund has operated with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, 25,000 Ford employees and dealers work on projects each year that better their communities in more than 30 countries. For more information, visit www.community.ford.com.
Enactus is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. We provide a platform for teams of outstanding university students to create community development projects that put people’s own ingenuity and talents at the center of improving their livelihoods. Guided by educators and supported by business leaders, our students take the kind of entrepreneurial approach that empowers people to be a part of their own success. Our work transforms both the lives of the people we serve, and in turn, the lives of our students as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders. To learn more, visit www.enactus.org.