2014: The Year in Photos

  • January 8, 2015
  • By: Tona Rowett

In 2014, Enactus teams worked hard to enrich the lives of people all over the world. Their projects were celebrated with the #seeopportunity campaign, which helped spread the word about the work that university students do for the organization. Photography not only helps us capture our favorite moments, but also gives us a chance to reflect on what our students have accomplished. Which one of these moments was your favorite?

Enactus teams are made up of a wide variety of students who come together to share ideas and create change. The teams are even made up of non-human members, as the North Georgia College & State University showed us.

A group of children gather in Denver, a settlement in South Africa. An Enactus team taught a woman in the settlement to build and install solar geysers to heat water. The project helped increase the woman’s standing in the community and enhance their quality of life.

In parts of India, people resort to extreme methods to get electricity, like stealing electricity and overloading fuse boxes. An Enactus team installed solar powered bottle bulbs to bring light to these people.

In Burkina Faso, an Enactus team from Germany helped train micro-opticians to make glasses for one dollar. This little girl received glasses, which will help her succeed in school and build a brighter future.

Enactus Kazakhstan Summer Camp and the North India training conference were great opportunities for our teams to strengthen their skills. In Kazakhstan, participants took a break to take one of the biggest Enactus selfies of the year and students in India showed their pride with a beautiful flower display.

Stunts are a great way to recruit new members, which was a big focus for 2014. The new campus awareness and recruitment tools made for some of the best stunts we saw this year.

Students have to find a way to calm their nerves while they wait to present at Enactus competitions. They use breathing exercises and team huddles to help them prepare for the much-awaited moment.

After presenting all their hard work, our Enactus teams experience a flood of pride and relief. When they take the stage and await the results, the anticipation is palpable.

This year’s Enactus World Cup in Beijing was the largest yet. There were 4,500 student, academic and business leaders in attendance.

The opening ceremony of this year’s Enactus World Cup included the My Dream, Our Dream Special Forum. The event was hosted by The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. A group of young ballerinas performed during the ceremony, creating what was possibly the cutest moment of the year.

The 2014 Enactus World Cup Champion was the team from North China Electric Power University. They impressed the judges with their project Empowering the Grasslands, which helps provide solar power to herder families in Mongolia.

Between the many projects Enactus students are working on and this year’s World Cup in Johannesburg, we look forward to capturing new images and memories in the coming year.