Nourish students around the country have spent the past few months researching and selecting local, grassroots non-profits who are sustainably addressing poverty in their communities. Over the next few months the Nourish Chapters and international partners will work to develop appropriate projects for the students’ skill level and time frame spent in-country. Nourish International is excited to announce a number of our upcoming summer 2012 projects!
University of Tennessee at Knoxville – Moche
The UTK Chapter will be working with Moche, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the standard of living in impoverished communities, preserving archaeological sites, and promoting research and education on the rich cultural heritage of Peru.
Wake Forest and University of Pennsylvania – Atraves
The Wake Forest and University of Pennsylvania Chapters will be working with Atraves, a non-profit that seeks to support a community of small Nicaraguan organizations that are carrying out creative, locally autonomous approaches to development, education, health and justice. The goal of the project is to build a computer lab in the William Galeano community of Nicaragua to be used for health resource access by clinic staff and create in-lab educational programs for community members so they will have better access to essential health information.
University of Texas at Austin – DJMV
The UT Chapter will be partnering with DJMV, a non-profit that seeks to help empower communities & cultivate self reliance through innovation, education, and livelihood initiatives to improve social and economic development of under privileged women and children. The goal of the project is to promote women’s education in Orissa, India by spreading education awareness through various classes and workshops.
Nourish International’s Chapter Coordinator, Sarah Miller, recently attended the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting at George Washington University in Washington, DC to represent the Nourish Movement. The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) challenges college students to address global issues with practical, innovative solutions. CGI U members do more than simply discuss problems – they take concrete steps to solve them by building relationships, creating action plans, participating in hands-on workshops, and following up with CGI U as they complete their projects.
Speakers at the event included former President Bill Clinton, Jon Stewart of the Daily Show and the co-founder of Zipcar, Robin Chase. Sarah’s experience was shared with the office upon her return and inspired the Nourish staff to continue working hard on creating a world free of poverty. One of the memorable moments Sarah shared was Chase’s message about the importance of learning from your mistakes. “Understanding the flaws in past projects and ventures is critical to the success of Nourish. It was great to hear Robin elaborate on this important aspect of social change,” says Sarah. She also enjoyed meeting other representatives and students who are passionate about social change. It was invigorating and exciting to be surrounded by others who share the ideals and goals.
Nourish hopes to continue sending staff on professional development experiences in the coming year, including fellows and interns. Plans have already been made to create opportunities for Nourish to participate with CGIU next year.
Last October, Nourish International held the 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball: A Night in India in Durham, NC. The theme was in celebration of our connectedness as a global community and Nourish’s original project in Hyderabad, India. Thanks to all of our Board Members for your support and to Mind Works, Inc. for making the event possible.
If you weren’t able to attend this years Masquerade Ball, check out this video created by Mind Works to get excited for next year’s event!
Chapters have the opportunity each month to compete to win a $50 prize for their Chapter that they may use for start-up capital, project finance, or something fun or special for their Chapter. The challenges feature Ventures, Projects, Awareness, Marketing and more!
For March, chapters were invited to submit a short blog post on a partnership they have been a part of during the 11-12 school year. The partnership can be with a business, fellow student organization, or on-campus department showing the value created for that Nourish Chapter, the value created for the partner, and the long-term sustainability of the partnership.
The winner for the March Chapter Challenge was…The University of Texas – Austin!
The UTA chapter submitted the following:
Nourish International Austin Chapter has made an amazing partnership with an outstanding business this ’11-’12 school year. We have partnered with a local food cart vendor named Naan Stop. As other chapters, we also perform Hunger Lunches throughout the year to raise money for our international projects. As many know, Hunger Lunches are weekly ventures, or events, where we sell delicious and affordable Indian food from Naan Stop to UT students and staff on campus. This is the first time we have sold Indian food, and the response has been very positive. Our chapter makes a weekly profit of $100 just through Hunger Lunch. Since there are no close Indian food restaurants to our campus, we meet the demand of many individuals craving Indian food. However, not only do we receive $100 from just our sales, the owners of Naan Stop feel extra generous and donate about $50 every other week. Our Hunger Lunches are every Wednesday from 11:00am to 3:00pm and we have Nourish members volunteer to prepare the homemade food to our clientele. We have been so successful that most of the customers we meet are returning customers, indicating that the service we provide is very good. Many customers express that they are excited when every Wednesday comes. Throughout campus, UT students and faculty have already branded us as the “samosas sellers”. Clearly, the partnership we have had with Naan Stop this school year has been very beneficial to our Nourish chapter, UT students and staff, and of course Naan Stop themselves. Since no problems have been encountered between these parties, it has been made official that once again we will continue our partnership with Naan Stop for the next school year, and therefore generate more income for our international projects.
This spring Nourish International alumni are raising funds for Summer Institute Scholarships that will go to aspiring Nourish students all over the United States!
Every year, Nourish International hosts the Summer Institute, a 5 day training conference for its emerging student leaders. It can be expensive to make the trek to Chapel Hill, NC and we want to give the opportunity to attend to as many students as possible. Two gracious donors have agreed to match all donations to help reach the goal of $6,000 total. Consider making a contribution through this portal–every dollar helps!
The Nourish International Summer Institute is a rigorous and rewarding 5-day conference that prepares our students for the challenges they’ll face as Chapter Members. Through workshops, mentoring, and hands-on training, they’ll learn how to raise money, contact community partners, and run a successful Nourish Chapter on their campuses in the upcoming year.
Participation in the Institute fully enables Nourish students to hit the ground running as they begin new and exciting adventures in the following year. Training at past Institutes has focused on how to increase the profitability of ventures, maximize your project impact, lead a team, build membership, and more. There are also speakers and mentors throughout the Institute!
In the Spring of 2010, Nourish Staff reached out to Wake Forest University in search of undergraduate leaders to found a new Nourish International Chapter. “I knew that my school needed to be a part of this organization, and I knew that I wanted to help make that happen,” thought Paul Szurek, who later became the Chapter Founder and Chapter Leader of the Wake Forest Nourish Chapter.
Paul is passionate about Nourish because it gives students an outlet for innovation and valuable teamwork and because he believes that Nourish brings a more unique and creative approach to international development. “My favorite part of the Nourish experience was seeing how much passion and enthusiasm this work sparked among my friends and peers. I never would have suspected that so many of the people I went to school with would be so interested in social entrepreneurship, but people just get really excited when they know that they are making a difference – and that is when exciting things happen”.
Paul currently works as a management consultant for Bain & Company. Paul uses the skills he learned as Nourish Chapter Leader daily and mentions that he now knows how to approach challenges with creativity and perseverance.
As advice to all future Nourish International Chapter Members, Paul suggests, “If you want to do something that will truly benefit the world around you – and have a lot of fun at the same time – you won’t find a more rewarding experience than what Nourish can offer.”
What: A party showcasing the 18 projects that Nourish chapters will implement this summer
When: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Where: Southern Rail Restaurant in Carrboro, NC
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
If you love FREE appetizers and awesome drink specials as much as Nourish International you do not want to miss the upcoming Projects Launch Party! Join us for beer, community sharing, and a raffle benefiting Nourish. We are excited and can’t wait to see many of you there!
Nourish 2012-2013 Chapter Project Locations
Archidona, Napo, Ecuador
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Otoro and Yorito, Honduras
Thanks to Lonerider Brewery and everyone who came out to the Brew It Forward event last Saturday! With your help and support we raised over $2,000 to help Nourish International eradicate poverty by engaging students and empowering communities. We sincerely appreciate your continued support and hope you all had a blast at the event! Board Member, Sumit Vohra, was extremely generous and has continued to support Nourish through his brewery. We cannot thank him enough!
We want to give a special shout out to winners of the raffle prizes and a huge thank you to the donors for their generous gifts. Congratulations and thanks to:
Jen R. for winning the gift certificate to Top of the Hill Restaurant
Helen L. for winning the gift certificate to Mez Contemporary Mexican Restaurant
Frank R. for winning the gift certificate to Spa Oasis
Dan S. for winning the Lonerider Brewery jacket and one year supply of Lonerider beer!
The University of Florida Chapter recently launched a new and exciting venture in which they partnered with another club on campus to raise money for their summer project in Guatemala. The UF Chapter partnered with the HOT Clay Club on campus, which facilitates a pottery sale for their artists once a semester. The HOT Clay Club donated all of the proceeds from their pottery sale to the UF Nourish Chapter.
The venture also worked to raise awareness about UF’s summer project. UF and NC State will be working with is Casa de Alfarero, which translates to ‘the Potters House’. Students from UF will be helping the women artisans at Casa de Alfarero develop their jewelry making business. As part of the HOT Clay Club pottery sale, the UF Nourish chapter made pieces of jewelry to go in each pot to tell people more about their summer project.
“We’re hoping to continue this relationship with the HOT Clay club, and maybe be able to participate in their sales more often. This venture was easy and fun!” said Co-Chapter Leader Katie Connor.
Annual Lone Rider Brewery Brew It Forward Competition
Live Music- Raffle- Home Brews- Good Cause!
Benefiting Nourish International
March 24, 2012
1:00 pm- 10:00 pm
Lonerider Brewing Company is hosting a day-long affair at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh, NC featuring a competition between some of the finest local home brewers in North Carolina. Come out sometime after 1 p.m. and sip some delicious Lonerider beer while jamming to live music. 100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to help Nourish eradicate poverty by engaging students and empowering communities. We hope to see you all there!
Check out these videos on YouTube to get a sneak peak of the band line up on Saturday!