Lighting up Faces. A group of young pupils get their first peek at the world of computers and the internet. Thanks to John Uwaeke’s two step charity, children in rural Nigeria receive basic training and some of these receive further support to become a trainer themselves. The charity Catalyst4Change also supplies laptops. Want to know more?
CHF 2000 was transferred to Catalyst4Change this week. IM alumnus John Uwaeke’s charity aims to significantly improve opportunities for children in rural Nigeria by supplying laptops and training in basic IT*. The IM Alumni Association held a charity auction, Bid for a Boss, in April to support this initiative.
Just over CHF 3000 was raised at the auction where 15 bosses offered an amazing range of opportunities. (We’ll keep reporting on those redeemed bids.)
The remainder of the funds will cover other association events and the IM Alumni Graduation Prize which recognizes the social contributions to the IM community. IM bachelor students in their 3rd year are currently nominating fellow students who have helped their class, students or the school over the years. The prize is announced and awarded at Graduation (which will be on 6 October this year).
- If you missed out on the event but want to donate to this good cause you can deposit money in account number 40-000061-4, Basler Kantonalbank, 4002 Basel. IBAN CH11 0077 0253 5963 8200 1 770. Aternatively, if you have laptops still in good working order and are willing to donate these, contact John directly.
From left Prof Dr Nikolina Fuduric who offered the outing to winners Enzo Scannella, a visiting professor from University of Palermo and two visiting students from Mexico Diego Aguilar Ortega and Juan Arellano Mendoza.
A boat ride, sunshine, wine and chatting about marketing – Prof Dr Nikolina Fuduric’s offer at the Bid for a Boss was actually auctioned off twice and raised CHF 440 for C4C. “Winners” were visiting professor Enzo Scannella from partner University of Palermo and then visiting students Diego Aguilar Ortega and Juan Arellano Mendoza from Mexico.
The foursome all reported having a wonderful afternoon with the boat ride, wine, coffee and cake forming a great background to lively and interesting discussion. The offer was one of 15 up for auction at the Bid for a Boss 2017 event which raised over CHF 3000 for both the C4C charity set up by alumnus John Uwaeke to support children’s education in rual Nigeria and for the IM Alumni Graduation prize.
(In case you were wondering – we hope to forward the funds to C4C within the next days – we were waiting for all the bids made to be paid into our account.)
Kelechi Madu. Paying forward.
This is Kelechi Madu. He is 17 years old and comes from a humble family in a rural community in eastern Nigeria. Normally, he would have completed primary school and probably become a child labourer. Secondary school or university would have been very difficult if not impossible. John Uwaeke heard about the bright young man and sponsored him through secondary school. This year he will sit his final examinations. Kelechi hopes to study Electrical Engineering or Civil Engineering at university.
It takes more than this diploma though: Kelechi received the opportunity to do a computer course and through the Buddy2Buddy (B2B) initiative he was then given a laptop and trained as a trainer. He is now one of 2 pioneer instructors who are a vital link in the Catalyst4Change programme. It is not enough to simply collect or buy second-hand laptops and donate these to remote and poor communities and schools in eastern Nigeria: the children need to be taught how to use them.
Without B2B or C4C, Kelechi would not have been able to develop his tenacity for learning and his innate leadership abilities. Without a laptop, or computer skills, he would have little chance of competing for a place at university. His self-esteem has blossomed, he is training other young people in IT and through that more youngsters will have better chances to succeed at school but also to have options to stay and work in their communities and not join the many who are forced to seek work in the cities.
Bid for a Boss. 27 April. Register now. And bid generously.
Free entry. Bar (including a mixologist) and soup from the Suppenstube at reasonable prices. Nibbles and ice-cream for free.
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