Run To End Poverty

Run To End Poverty

Sunday, September 23
Registration Opens at 8:30am
Registration Closes at 9:30am
Race Starts at 10:00am
Minimum Recommended Donation is $20
Those who raise $25 or more will get a Run To End Poverty Bandana

Run to End Poverty (R2EP) is a 5-kilometre race event that takes place annually across many EWB chapters. The goal of each run is to bring awareness to global poverty as well as support each chapter’s Junior Fellow. This year at EWB Western, our goal is to raise $6,000 at Run to End Poverty to send our Junior Fellow to Africa next summer.

The Junior Fellow will work with local entrepreneurs to help them increase the sustainability of their businesses. After their 4 month work term, they will bring back valuable lessons to share with our chapter. It is important to us that we spend our time investing in people and solving problems systematically. By sending our Junior Fellow to Africa next year, we will put this into practice.

Junior Fellowship Program

The Junior Fellowship is an opportunity for passionate, globally-minded university students to work in a global development venture. They provide their skills to the EWB funded venture, helping them advance their venture goals. The Junior Fellow also gains a better understanding of the logistics of social impact work, and how the world works in general.

Last summer I had the incredible opportunity to work at Numida, a venture funded by EWB. Numida is addressing the credit gap in Uganda through technology. Numida is an app for entrepreneurs and allows them to gain a better understanding of how their business is performing. Numida also offers affordable loans, giving entrepreneurs access to capital to grow their business. Entrepreneurs are the backbone to any growing economy, and Numida wants to help foster that in Uganda. One problem that Numida encountered was retention of users. My job was to help come up with a solution to teach people how to use the app in a scalable way. My co-Junior Fellow and I designed and tested a tutorial to teach entrepreneurs how to use the app. Using human centered design, we tested mock ups to come up with a final product!

R2EP is so important to me as a Return Junior Fellow because it is the biggest supporter of the Junior Fellowship program. I interacted with so many amazing people in my time at Numida: the EWB alumni founders of Numida, and many inspiring, hard working Ugandan entrepreneurs. I learned a lot about working in a start up, human centered design, global development, and global issues. These are teachings I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and I owe this all the Junior Fellowship program.

– Elizabeth Blokker (Former Junior Fellow and Current Chapter Co-President)

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