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Brin Enterkin in Uganda

“Anyone anywhere is capable of helping somebody. I hope people will see that if I can do something like this, anyone can.”

Brin Enterkin (12C) was a newly minted high school graduate when she spoke those words to her hometown paper after working to fund a school in Cambodia. A decade later, she continues to live out that credo, recently earning placement on Forbes’ “30 under 30” list of social entrepreneurs for her work to transform the education system of Uganda by stressing an interactive approach over rote memorization, thus allowing children to think more creatively and critically.

“Brin is an outstanding young alum,” said Professor of Management Paula Englis, who nominated her for the Forbes list. “She has a long history of exemplary service and the ability to make things happen to facilitate substantive change.”

Enterkin’s involvement in the African nation began in 2009 when she taught microfinancing to Ugandan women and provided comfort to patients with AIDS/HIV as part of a Berry-funded summer learning experience. By the time she graduated, she had founded a nonprofit, The African SOUP, which continues to make a difference in Uganda by blending community development with national impact. Her work has earned the attention of CNN, Huffington Post and Engage Magazine, and in 2015 she was honored with the Berry Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Enterkin recently returned to the United States to assume a new role as president/managing director of the Watson Institute in Boulder, Colo., where she is working to create an “Olympic training ground” for other social entrepreneurs.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Brin Enterkin PhotoThe Huffington Post recently published a first-person blog by Brin Enterkin (12C), the 2015 recipient of Berry’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Enterkin (at left in photo) shared her experiences – and the lessons she’s learned – as cofounder of The African SOUP, a nonprofit started while she was a student at Berry to aid the people of Uganda. Read more.

Photo courtesy of The African SOUP

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Brin Enterkin FeatureNot long ago, we were pleased to share a CNN story highlighting work done by Brin Enterkin (12C) to help the people of Uganda. Now the successful social entrepreneur is in the spotlight again, this time as the subject of a feature article in the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation magazine, Engage. The publication traced her development from a Berry student teaching microfinance in Uganda to founder of The African SOUP, a nonprofit started while she was at Berry, and CEO of Lion’s Thread, a social enterprise co-founded with Sydney Hulebak (14C). Click the image to read more.

The Sullivan Foundation promotes service and social entrepreneurship on more than 60 college and university campuses. Berry is an invited participant in the foundation’s annual Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards program, which recognizes students whose character and dedication to service sets them apart as examples to others.

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Lion's ThreadSenior Sydney Hulebak’s participation in the Clinton Global Initiative University has resulted in a $4,000 Resolution Project grant for Lion’s Thread, a business venture she launched with Brin Enterkin (12C) that is providing opportunity and assistance for the people of Uganda. Lion’s Thread markets bow ties crafted by Ugandan women, with profits providing money for salaries, entrepreneurship training and seed funding so that the women can one day start a business of their own.

Lion’s Thread grew out of Hulebak’s involvement with the African SOUP, a nonprofit started by Enterkin that is working to improve the lives of Ugandan orphans. Hulebak was looking for a way to put her lifelong interest in fashion to work for others, and the collaboration with Enterkin provided the perfect opportunity.

Hulebak will continue her work with Lion’s Thread during the coming year while also gaining valuable nonprofit experience as a fellow with the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation in Atlanta.

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Tamie JovanellyAssociate Professor of Geology Tamie J. Jovanelly (pictured) has earned a Fulbright Research Award and a National Geographic Society Conservation Trust grant to support her yearlong study on the African continent. The pioneering, field-based forest hydrology research is being conducted in association with Makerere University in Uganda. The purpose is to collect baseline water quality data in four forest reserves that are significant to the vitally important Lake Victoria watershed. Accompanying Jovanelly is rising senior Hanna Jackson, recipient of a Berry College International Programs Summer Research Grant. She is assisting with the collection of water quality data and will host several workshops focusing on water preservation strategies for the local community, stakeholders and university students. Read more.

Reporting by public relations student assistant Alyssa Smith

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