ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS CANADA
The East Africa Innovation Hub will support four innovative ventures through seed funding, talent and strategic support to address sector-wide challenges that are preventing entrepreneurs in the region from growing their businesses and providing greater economic opportunities for their communities.
Engineers Without Borders seeks social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas that have the potential to be disruptive and connect them with the resources they need to be successful. LishaBora is working to address a key gap preventing small-scale dairy producers in Kenya from reaching their full potential. Many smallholder dairy farmers in Kenya earn less than $2 USD a day due to limited options, low quality, and high cost of dairy feed currently available in the market. LishaBora’s locally developed systems produce hydroponic fodder, which increases milk production by dairy cows by up to 30% over current feeds while also reducing costs for farmers.
CANADIAN HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION
Canadian Humanitarian is dedicated to assisting disadvantaged children and their families break free from the cycle of poverty. Canadian Humanitarian has developed Holistic Child Centered Model, which is designed to give a child everything they need to help them reach their full potential. Canadian
Project Alemgena is a community based foster care and education support centre. Unlike an orphanage, the centre does not house children, but acts as an educational hub for children, youth and adults in the Alemgena community. Opened in 2007, the Education Support Centre has developed into a successful program with alumni students now in vocational, technical and post-secondary education, or finished their schooling and working in their local communities as fully contributing citizens.
FRANCES G. COSCO FOUNDATION
Frances G. Cosco Foundation (FGCF) is committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged people through education. Through partnerships with local government and communities, FGCF takes a holistic approach to increasing access to, and improving the quality of education.
The Azena Elementary School is located in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. The livelihood of the community is predominately farming, and annual per capita income is roughly $200 USD. The average farm size is less than two acres, meaning that farms can no longer be divided among children, making education all the more important to future livelihoods. The Azena School will construct new infrastructure including school buildings, libraries, green spaces and latrines while at the same time enabling access to improved learning by providing training and professional development opportunities to teachers.
A local contractor has begun construction the school is scheduled to open in fall of 2016.
FREE THE CHILDREN
Having supported primary education and established an effective secondary school model in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya, Free The Children has developed a Technical College to prepare high school graduates with the skills and practical training required to lead entrepreneurial activities and engage in the formal labour market, including courses in hospitality, business and nursing. Students will be connected with workplaces through local internships developing strong practical skills and employment opportunities.