Enactus Kenya National Competition judges hail teams for high-impact community outreach projects
- National Champion:
- 2nd Place:
- 3rd Place:
University of Nairobi
- Competing Teams: 15
- Total Attendees: 356
Nairobi, Kenya – Kabarak University was crowned the 2013 National Champions during the Enactus Kenya National Competition held at the Sarova Pan Afric Hotel in Nairobi.
The team beat out 14 other universities during an intense competition where all teams impressed judges with their high-impact community outreach efforts. Kabarak University will proceed to Cancun, Mexico, this September for the Enactus World Cup where they will present their efforts along with university teams from 36 countries worldwide.
Kabarak University highlighted three projects at the competition, including one that helped butternut farmers purchase water pumps and market their products at competitive prices, an effort that made possible affordable meals for students and staff who cannot afford to pay for school catering services and a project that is transforming corncobs into an alternative energy source to curb deforestation.
Other projects presented during the event ranged from a campus canteen venture that is now employing seven people and a project that is helping establish urban gardens to an effort that is providing aspiring entrepreneurs needed business management skills.
The competition attracted more than 300 students from 15 Enactus Kenya affiliate university teams (private and public) and 21 judges drawn from 19 organizations. The event was also attended by Mireya Marlene Dominguez Guilbot, deputy head of mission for Mexican Embassy in Nairobi, and Robert Onyango, senior manager at KPMG and chairman of the Enactus Kenya Business Advisory Council).
Guilbot commended the Enactus Kenya operation for facilitating partnerships among businesses, universities, students and communities. She observed that Enactus Kenya has a key role to play in the present and future development of the country. She challenged Kenyan universities to take advantage of the Enactus platform to initiate relationships with Mexican universities as well.
“It is through such partnerships and knowledge exchange that we will be able to positively address challenges that humanity still faces,” she said.
Onyango remarked that while many university students graduate and look for jobs, Enactus is raising a generation of young people with a desire to create jobs. He challenged business leaders to partner with Enactus teams to scale up their projects with a view of generating profit and improving living standards of communities in Kenya.
“Enactus Kenya students are a dynamic lot who put their boots on the ground to transform community challenges into business opportunities,” he said.