Community Development
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Building tight-knit communities that support each other and grow together is a fundamental element of sustainable development. From healthy family units, to better organized and empowered communities, people are stronger when working together.

Building tight-knit communities that support each other and grow together is a fundamental element of sustainable development. From healthy family units, to better organized and empowered communities, people are stronger when working together.

Narinda Shirah

Narinda is a MasterCard scholar with a Bachelor’s Degree in commerce. During the four years of her program, she had the opportunity to work with two organizations as an intern (ministry of local government and the Planning and Development Department at Makerere) in pursuit of her career and passion for accounting. Makerere offered grants, to exercise her leadership skills as her class representative, finance minister and MasterCard scholars’ council representative of the MasterCard scholars at Makerere.

Ndyabawe Myres

Ndyabawe hails from the Kamwenge District in Western Uganda. Ndyabawe founded Rabbits For Education, a Youth-led project that aims at training Pupils of Kabuga Primary School in Kamwenge on Rabbit farming, Cage making, distributing Rabbits to the Pupils and also providing a market for the Rabbits as a way of empowering them economically to stay in School. He is a MasterCard Foundation Scholar at Makerere University, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Communication.

Looking Further

Sarah Penchyna of Looking Further will provide public high school students in Pachuca, Mexico, with tools to develop a 'life project,' documenting their skills, capabilities and economic scope in order to develop and achieve their short and long-term goals, as well as explore the ways that teenage pregnancy can impact those goals.

GamFruits

GamFruits is a climate-smart fruit farm in Gunjur, Gambia that provides a hub for farmers to discuss matters affecting their daily farm practices, offering them a centre for outdoor learning in agriculture. GamFruits will also produce and sell healthy, nutritious, and affordable fruit to members of the community.

ZimDigester

ZimDigester will focus on renewable energy for home use at an affordable price in rural Zimbabwe. The project will provide animal and food waste bio-digesters and deliver training to individual households on how to use the technology.

Nicholas Toronga

Nicholas Toronga is a third-year student pursuing a major in Finance and a concentration in Business Analytics at McGill University. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Nicholas is an active community builder. Apart from co-founding ExlAfrica, Nicholas was actively involved in Zimbabwe as a facilitator at LUT- a social enterprise that won the 2011 Harvard Innovation Challenge. A MasterCard Scholars Program Student Council Representative for McGill University, Nicholas is also a student ambassador for the Clinton Global Initiative.

One Urban Garden

Issues of food security have wide-reaching implications for people and the environment, particularly in low and middle-income countries. One Urban Garden aims to promote urban agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa by establishing integrated, organic urban farms that will serve as production, training, and seedling distribution centres.

Sisterwork

Luisa Reyes is launching Sisterwork in New Jersey to inspire young women's leadership in her community. Utilizing design-thinking, creative expression, and social-emotional learning, Sisterwork will help young women engage with their communities to discover new possibilities, connect with role models, and gain early-career experiences.

Sua IT

Sua IT is a social venture that seeks to advance computer literacy to school children in rural communities. This project will use mobile information and communications technology (ICT) learning units using a unique curriculum, learning materials, and laptops which will be powered by generators. This will facilitate learning and skills development in ICT for these children. Mobility is achieved by the ease of transferring the units from one community to another with minimal set-up time.

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