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Turning water into rice

by Joe O’Connell, news @ Northeastern (February 20, 2014)

A group of North­eastern stu­dents on a Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram to Sin­garaja, Bali, last summer had their sights set on making a dif­fer­ence in the lives of the town’s young orphans. With that goal in mind, they devel­oped a pro­posal for a social enter­prise that would pro­vide puri­fied water to local schools and food to a local orphanage.

The young human­i­tar­ians named their pro­posed ven­ture Toya Wirasa, which trans­lates to “watering your shared emo­tions” in Bahas Indonesian.

Last week, they learned their busi­ness plan had been accepted to the Clinton Global Ini­tia­tive Uni­ver­sity Con­fer­ence in Phoenix this March.

The CGI U was launched by former Pres­i­dent Bill Clinton in 2007 and con­venes stu­dents, inno­va­tors, thought leaders, and civi­cally engaged celebri­ties to dis­cuss and develop inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to global chal­lenges. About 1,200 such leaders are expected to attend the 2014 con­fer­ence at Ari­zona State University.

Learn more here.

February 18, 2014 - From left, Emily Godward, SSH'17, Oceane Langreney, SSH'16, Anette Blystad, SSH'14 and Colleen Maney, SSH'14, students from Professor Denise Horn's dialogue to Bali in Summer of 2013, have been accepted to the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University Conference in Phoenix, AZ.  Their project, "Toya Wirasa," aims to provide food for local orphanages by selling water to local institutions.

February 18, 2014 – From left, Emily Godward, SSH’17, Oceane Langreney, SSH’16, Anette Blystad, SSH’14 and Colleen Maney, SSH’14, students from Professor Denise Horn’s dialogue to Bali in Summer of 2013, have been accepted to the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Their project, “Toya Wirasa,” aims to provide food for local orphanages by selling water to local institutions.

Published On: February 20, 2014 | Tags: ,,,,,,,,
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