We are SIMilili - a student-led initiative striving to establish a sustainable lunch program for a school with vulnerable children in Kimilili, Kenya. Our team is formed by 8 master students (M.A. Strategy and International Management) at University of St. Gallen, eager to have sustainable impact on the world.
This year, we are going to expand our footprints to a small town in Kenya. We will collaborate with School4Life, a Swiss non-profit organization. School4Life is currently running a lunch program for over 800 students in their school – providing them with the only suitable meal they get during the day. However, the program is heavily supported through donations from abroad, costing more than 2’000 CHF every month.
In order to achieve the long-term goal of self-sustainability for the school, we figured out that the dependency on donations from abroad needs to be gradually reduced. To begin with, setting up the required farmlands and provide the equipment and knowledge for farming will be the major focus of SIMilili this year. In order to make sure the project is implemented well, we will also fly there in person, supported by the school, in February.
School4Life, a Zurich-based non-profit organization founded in 2011, has built up a school in a rural village in Kenya, called Kimilili. This school has been helping children and especially orphans in need to receive an education. It currently provides a full-day education to more than 850 students ranging from elementary to secondary education. It offers a home to about 30 children, which are complete orphans. Funding for the organization is strictly limited.
About SIMagination Challenge
The Master in Strategy and International Management – SIM – at the University of St. Gallen has been supporting charitable projects all over the world for more than eight years now. As an integral part of the curriculum, dedicated groups of students take over a project and support it for an entire year before handing it over to the subsequent class. The focus of these projects ranges from education and financial literacy over infrastructure and agricultural projects to water purification. This global focus and project diversity allows for increased knowledge sharing and accumulation among students.
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