• University of Lodz

    Poland | In action since 2006

  • 40Students involved

  • 1Past WC appearances

Project Highlight:

SweetHelp

Looking for an under addressed issue in their community, the Enactus team at the University of Lodz discovered the high rate at which children are being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and the challenge this poses for their parents when they need part-time care or a casual babysitter. As they visited with medical professionals to learn more about the disease, they also realized the desire of many seniors to be engaged and active. The team decided to bring the two groups together, working with medical professionals to develop a training program for the seniors so they can properly care for children with diabetes. To facilitate connections, they designed a mobile app where interested parents can post jobs and once hired, the seniors can track updates for the parents to view. To date, 10 families have taken advantage of the service, with 25 hours of training provided to seniors.

Team Profile:

Proudest moment of the past year:
When experienced business leaders to an interest in and supported our work

Biggest challenge from the past year:
Setting clear and attainable goals for the growth of our projects and the impact we want them to have

How they're preparing for the WC:
Spending time together as a team, both virtually and in person, to make sure everything is on track for the event

They're most excited about:
Taking part in an event that brings together so many different cultures, and leaving inspired and motivated by the work taking place in countries around the world

Team described in one word:
Courageous

Get to Know Us:

When Sylwia started her university career, she knew she wanted to do more than just study: while she earned her degree in Social Work, she also wanted to find an opportunity to influence and impact the world around her. She found that opportunity in Enactus, and nearly five years later as she gets ready to graduate, she serves as the team’s Project Coordinator. She’s tremendously proud of her team and says the lessons they’ve learned working together will serve them well in the future. Thinking about traveling to Toronto for World Cup, she hopes to be inspired by the work of the other teams and to leave with new ideas for how they can take further action.

More about Sylwia:

  • Book she’s currently reading: How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World’s Most Inspiring Presentations by Jeremey Donovan
  • Her personal theme song: I Was Here by Beyonce
  • One person who inspires her: Every person with a passion
  • Enactus in one word: Commitment
  • Single best Enactus moment: The moment before we were announced as the national champions – regardless of the outcome, we were pleased with our achievements and our team
  • In five years, she will be…an independent woman, conscious of my strengths and weaknesses, motivated and open with people while seeking inspiration in the world and never forgetting my core values.

Connect with Sylwia:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sylwia.pliszka.75

When Rafał started university four years ago, one of the first things he did was get involved with his school’s Enactus team to fulfill a desire to do something that matters and to help others. Now, four years later, with graduation set to take place shortly after World Cup, he can look back proudly on his experience, knowing that he has made a lasting impact on others while gaining valuable skills and experiences himself. The team’s trip to Toronto will be especially sweet for this Team Leader: after two years in the role where they did not win the national competition, he knew this year was their last chance to represent their country on the global stage before many current team members graduate.

More about Rafał:

  • Book he’s currently reading: Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • His personal theme song: Everything Is AWESOME!!! by Tegan and Sara feat. The Lonely Island
  • One person who inspires him: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
  • Enactus in one word: Change
  • Single best Enactus moment: When the first person who secured a job through our project said thank you
  • In five years, he will be…with people who look at the world outside of the box

Connect with Rafał:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/therealrafal

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