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3-2-1 Blastoff: A Unique Video during the Acumen Fund East Africa Fellows Program Launch

The Blue Sweater aboard the International Space Station

When I started planning the launch event for The East African Edition of  The Blue Sweater and our new East Africa Fellows Program, I never imagined we’d be getting a visit from outer space. Amazingly, that’s just what happened.

Ron Garan is a NASA astronaut currently on board the International Space Station. Apart from being a full time astronaut, Ron is running a project called Fragile Oasis, which uses his unique perspective aboard the International Space Station and his strong belief in social entrepreneurship to inspire others to improve life on our planet. The Fragile Oasis website is also highlighting all the projects being led by our East Africa Fellows.

Ron is a big fan of The Blue Sweater, our founder/CEO’s memoir that illuminates many similar themes to Ron’s message on Fragile Oasis – that our world is in interconnected in ways we may not ever really see.

We had the great privilege of having Ron address The Blue Sweater Book Clubs from Kibera and other slums in Nairobi and the East Africa Fellows and our community during the launch event a few weeks ago and give us a video tour of the International Space Station.

Watch the video here:

Suraj Sudhakar is East Africa Fellows Manager at Acumen Fund.

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