June 23, 2019
/ Takoma Park, Maryland, United States
/ Emeraude Victorin
The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus Team received a 3rd place award in the Opening Round of the 2019 Enactus National Exposition held in Kansas City, Missouri held May 5-7, 2019. The competition featured 86 universities who for three days presented their entrepreneurial-based projects aimed at empowering their communities.
Led by Andrea Baldwin, Ph.D., the WAU team presented its annual report on two year-long projects. The first focused on consultancy services and business planning for the formation of a new Healthy Foods and Wellness Center to be located in Damascus, Maryland. The second project focused on the first international undertaking in Chirilagua, La Estrechura, in El Salvador.
“Our goal with WAU’s Enactus team is to harness the potentials our students bring and contribute to their professional development as agents of social entrepreneurship,” expressed Baldwin. “Each year our WAU Enactus chapter takes interested students and engages them in a transformative process for self and community empowerment."
Working on an idea initially submitted by Dr. John Wilbur and Pastor Debbie Eisele of the Potomac Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Baldwin and her team conducted several meetings with Wilbur and Eisele; together they formulated the major goals for a restaurant that would offer affordable, healthful meals, and a wellness program. Their target audience will be those suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Additional services offered by this establishment may include exercise programs, food subscriptions, and cooking classes.
The El Salvadoran project developed into four sub-projects dealing with diabetes management, high blood pressure management, water sanitation management, and time management for high school juniors and seniors. These projects will be continuing in the upcoming year to expand WAU’s involvement and service orientation for community transformation.