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Friday, 17 October 2014 05:19

College Enactus club hoping for a major ‘Break Through’

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Chelsie Jeal and Aaron Hoimyr are active Enactus members and are working to help disadvantaged youth in Africa. Chelsie Jeal and Aaron Hoimyr are active Enactus members and are working to help disadvantaged youth in Africa.

In order to achieve lofty goals, one has to have big dreams. Thing big, be big — break through.

Take students Aaron Hoimyr and Chelsie Jeal of the Medicine Hat College’s Enactus Club who are working towards improving the lives of young people they have never even met.
The two are part of Enactus Canada, which used to be known as Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship or ACE). It is “a community of student, academic and business leaders enabling progress through entrepreneurial action.”
“Our goal is getting  and helping people reach their full potential,” explains Hoimyr. “With this (Ethiopian) project, we are trying to reach the need of a disadvantaged group. Getting them the technology gives those kids a chance to to be successful.”
The idea is for the local group with their Project Break Through is to raise $15,000 in order to purchase new computer and electronic technology and training for Ethiopian students in their home country. In order to get this done, the local Enactus group is working with Canadian Humanitarian which will follow through with the purchases.
They are pushing to get their early totals above the nearly $900 (as of Oct. 13) they have so far. The $15,000 should fully support the equipping and training of 50 students. This would include funding a centre with a docking station, laptop conversions and apps.
The hope is it would help facilitate not only entrepreneurial spirit, but also foster some interest in computer and electronic technology.
There may be some question as to why there is a push for technology for an area where there is little electricity, poverty and education which is struggling to find footing.
Both former residents of Saskatchewan, Hoimyr and Jeal explain part of the reason why Ethiopia cannot get out of the economic hardship is that no one wants to invest there.
“The immigration rate there is negative; people want to get out of there,” explains Hoimyr. “People generally aren’t willing to move there.”
If there are some young minds which are developed, those people who are from that country can not only develop their own policies, ideas and economic plans, but outside investors will see the change and want to put money into the nation. In order to do that, Ethiopia needs to get started with the basics and that base starts with getting the equipment to connect them with the Internet as well as teaching them some financial literacy and “marry that social change.”
“We’ve done a lot of research and asked a lot of questions,” explains Hoimyr who says they want to purchase tablets with batteries and training for some educational and community institutions. “One per cent of the Ethiopian population uses the Internet. We need to give them a tangible change and give them a school which has the necessary equipment.”
“We want to start from the ground up and start them as young as Grade 3. Children learn things easily,” adds Jeal. “If we can bring change to this generation, it’s a start.”
They say from all reports that the parents of these Ethiopian students of these targeted schools are actually quite supportive of receiving the technology and not resistant at all.
The Enactus group is also planning a dinner event for late November to celebrate entrepreneur week and are in the early stages of finalizing details for others including one for Canadian veterans. Details will be announced soon.
In order to donate to Project Break Through, one just has to sign up on the Givoco website at: http://www.

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