Students arrived on the University of La Verne campus Monday toting backpacks and hot coffee, some still sleepy-eyed from months of summer relaxation and others raring to go for the first day of t...
Students from La Verne’s Enactus club develop and execute a plan to help economically disadvantaged children in Baja California.
Having a heart for the world and a head for business are what students in the University of La Verne’s Enactus club strive for.
The business world may often seem cold and all about making money; but this group of students is out to dispel that stereotype.
In late November, Enactus members partnered with The City of Children in Mexico to provide its 95 residents with a sustainable vegetable garden, a water tank, and workshops on healthy nutrition, general education and higher education.
“This project was special to Enactus, because we wanted to help people out of our area,” Enactus member Tanya Velazquez said. “In the beginning of the semester, a group of us were thinking of doing something in Mexico, but we didn’t know exactly what to do until we heard about The City of Children. We quickly contacted the American Director and met with him in person to discuss ideas we had in mind.”
In Mexico, there are more than two million orphans and nearly 25 million people living in poverty. The City of Children is an organization whose goal is to provide orphans and children living in poverty with the medical, physical, emotional and spiritual support they need, and to prevent them from falling victim to human trafficking, child labor and prostitution.
La Verne’s Enactus team is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human progress. Those team members were eager to bring hope and joy to the 95 residents of The City of Children with more than $2,500 the team raised for the project.
While at the City of Children, La Verne’s Enactus team constructed a 3,000-gallon tank to collect rain water to irrigate a lush garden they planted. They also taught classes in nutrition, which will go hand-in-hand with the variety of healthy vegetables and other plants the garden is expected to yield.
“The City of Children has benefited from this project because it has created a layer of sustainability they did not have before,” Enactus member Paola Portillo said. “In the U.S., we often take things like water and produce for granted; it is easy for us to walk down to the store and buy a head of lettuce. These facility administrators have to provide for more than 100 children, and the task of feeding them becomes much more complex and costly. For us to go to The City of Children and make them a much more sustainable organization is extremely beneficial.”
Through working with nonprofits and charities such as The City of Children, Enactus students are given opportunities to fulfill the club’s mission of applying business concepts to develop community outreach projects, transform lives and shape better, more sustainable world members.