United States | In action since 1947
Guatemala Water Project
Our Enactus United States team includes enthusiastic natives of Guatemala who are passionate about sharing Guatemalan culture and helping a community in their home country, as they have seen and experienced the basic needs for clean water and better sanitation practices in some areas. The team also receives strong support from Dr. Joe Walenciak, Dean of our Soderquist College of Business, who lived for years in Guatemala and appreciates its culture. In July, those influences led team members to travel to Dolores, Guatemala, where they collaborated with a church and two local organizations to execute a water-purification project—the fifth such project for the team—and offer health and hygiene education for the community.
Impact(s): At launch, clean, affordable drinking water for 280 families and 3 jobs created.
What’s next: Within a year, health and hygiene classes for up to 250 families to receive health and hygiene classes; 30,000+ gallons of water distributed; $4,500 in generated revenue; 60 cases of chronic diarrhea averted. As the water-purification business expands, we expect leaders will purchase a vehicle to supply water to neighboring communities.
This project advances these key Global Goals:
Kai Togami. Sam Walton Fellow; Cecilee Russell, co-advisor
Volunteer hours invested in project:
Our proudest moment of the past year:
Students were empowered more than ever this year to shape the culture of the organization and take it to the next level. It was incredible to see them step up to the challenge and as a result win the national championship.
Biggest challenge from the past year:
A shift in our leadership … During a time of ambiguity and transition, students stepped up and supported each other and the organization.
Team described in one word:
As a freshman, Myriah sought to join a business club in hopes of gaining experience that would boost her future career. Then she discovered Enactus — and how much more it offered in terms of business, social and personal opportunities. “I have come to love the organization and my team,” says Myriah, who plans to graduate in May 2018 with a degree in marketing and graphic design. An Enactus team member for three years, she serves as its vice president of membership. “[At Enactus World Cup,] I hope to gain a broader yet more personal perspective of how business can improve livelihoods all across the world.”
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Involved with Enactus for two years, Cooper says serving as team president enables him to provide more administrative structure for a group with an already impressive track record in projects and competition. “Having the opportunity to document what it is that we do well and make it replicable for future JBU students and even other Enactus teams” is his greatest accomplishment with the team. “…working with volunteers is always difficult, and working with the proper tools to help student see the vision and possibilities surrounding Enactus is key.” Cooper joined Enactus JBU after meeting and talking with other team members at student orientation. He plans to graduate in May 2019 with a degree in business management.
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