Since SIFE has made an appearance on the MVNU campus in the 1980's, we have been a part of life-changing projects that have affected the lives of not only Knox County individuals, but also those of others in developing countries around the world. This page will give you a taste of each project we are engaging in for the 2012-2013 school year.
The Belize Clean Water Coalition focuses on purifying the unclean drinking water in the country of Belize in 3 villages; Crique Jute, San Benito Poite and Pueblo Viejo. MNVU SIFE members are working on educating children and adults about the importance of clean drinking water by introducing the Life Straws 2 years ago. This device is a portable, affordable point of use purification system that purifies the water in about 14 seconds. We are now adding the next step to our education process by introducing the Berkey Water Filter that purifies a sustainable amount of water at one time. We are eager and excited to see the coming results as more natives are empowered to drink healthy, clean drinking water.
The concept of this project is an after school program for 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders at Columbia Elementary every Thursday afternoon. This mentorship program spends time with select student's who need one on one help with math and English in school. This year our team is developing a banking game in order to teach the kids the fundamentals of saving, spending, and bank accounts. Our goal as a SIFE team is to teach the kids that they have to work for their money in order to buy the things they want. They are also taught the importance of saving since many items were priced high, it took a few weeks to save up to purchase them. The kids were even introduced to interest when we awarded $1 interest to anyone who had $5 or more saved in their bank account during Christmas vacation. Future plans for Read.Plan.Love. is to continue to reach out to the families of the children participating in our afterschool program. We are hoping to involve the parents more in the upcoming 2012-2013 school year by hosting more Family Fun Nights.
Local Lenders is a micro-finance project started by a group of passionate Kenyon students and partnered with MVNU SIFE. The goal of Local Lenders is to help the Knox County agricultural community by financing individuals with little or no existing credit, dispersing our loans with very low rates. Currently, the goal of Local Lenders is to approve our first loan by Spring 2013.
Bead O' Nomics is a fun and interactive way for late elementary and early middle school age students to learn economics. This program consists of teaching the students the basics of three types of businesses through a mock business game. The game consists of making bracelets as a member of each of the three types of business; sole proprietorship, partnership and corporation. A color order is specified and enforced for the bracelets to meet a standard of quality for the product. Bead O' Nomics allows students to engage in economic studies and to have fun while doing it!
A Healthier U aims to redefine the meaning of the word “healthy” and to improve lifestyles among the MVNU campus community. We believe that adapting healthy habits will lessen the frequency of doctor’s visits, prevalence of prescription drugs, and other medicinal practices which often are ineffective.
Due to liability concerns and recent changes in availability of the professionals involved we are no longer able to provide the chiropractic or nutritionist services at this time.
We have determined that the three main reasons people do not embrace healthy living are a cost, accessibility, and lack of time. Enactus has sought student opinion and pinpointed the three services that students found most desirable and beneficial. Through partnering with local health professionals, Enactus has secured these four services on campus at no cost. Each week, students and faculty will have access to twice-weekly Zumba, a one-on-one fitness education with Scott Tarrh, and boot camp provided by a personal trainer. Our goal is that these services will empower students to take ownership of their health. We also hope to empower the university to take ownership of this project and continue providing these services, which will ultimately cut healthcare costs for the institution.
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The focus of Bridge is to empower students on campus to make a difference in the lives of others by donating gently used shoes. Currently we have around 200 pairs of shoes that will be distributed to individuals in Haiti to improve their own standard of living.
The concept of Cas$h Money is going into high school classes during the semester and presenting a PowerPoint dealing with some personal financial issues juniors and seniors in high school may be facing in the near future. These topics included the importance of saving, the debt trap, different types of investment, and more information about credit cards.
Addo, which is Latin for "inspire", is a way project that targets another demographic in Belize. The goal of Addo is to one day open up a day care for single mothers in Belize to empower them to gain independence and self-sufficiency as they raise their children.