In March, I wrote an update about Wedu, a social enterprise started by Mario Ferro, a 2011 Acumen Global Fellow. At that time, Wedu had just won the South East Asia Regional Final of the Global Social Venture Competition and had just received a nomination for the Global Solution for Women award, presented by Women Deliver.
THANK YOU! To get to the finals in Kuala Lumpur, Wedu needed to pass the online voting stage – so thank you to the Acumen community for your votes!
On 27 May 2013, Mario, Mi Win Thida (Wedu Mentee from Myanmar), and I flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Women Deliver global conference that attracted over 4500 attendees representing 189 countries and featured high caliber speakers and panelists. The three-day conference discussed the issues around women and girls’ empowerment, health and education, and culminated around the Social Enterprise Challenge on the final day, of which Wedu was a participant.
The panel of judges for the Challenge included representatives from well-known organizations, including Acumen investee Ziqitza Healthcare. You can view the presentation we gave here.
Wedu is continuing to grow and add new initiatives. In April we launched the Mentorship and Leadership Development Program in which the students we support are linked to inspiring mentors and participate in online learning through leadership development content, many of which has been shared through the +Acumen Leadership Courses. I am happy to be able to pass on the lessons that I gained from participating in the Leadership Essentials course that I piloted with the VANCOUVER+acumen team last fall.
The Wedu Mentees have set their goals with the help of their amazing mentors. One of these mentors is Tricia Morente, a member of the first class of Acumen Global Fellows in 2007. Tricia inspires her mentee to pursue her dreams, and has said that she gains inspiration and learns from her mentee as well. They meet regularly online and discuss her mentee’s goals, challenges, and views on leadership and social change.
The Mentorship and Leadership Development Program is growing and Wedu needs you! If you have 2-4 hours per month and want to inspire a future leader to have a positive impact on her community, than email firstname.lastname@example.org or apply now!
We are also always looking to expand our team – join us in Bangkok, Thailand, or work remotely! Check out our list of opportunities here. Or check us out on Facebook and Twitter.