This year’s EDC (Executive Development Course) took 24 of your senior leaders to 3 Sub Saharan African countries to study maternal and infant mortality. To better understand how limited access to healthcare impacts a community EDC visited with government officials, physicians, midwives, business owners, village leaders, and families. As you can imagine, this experience immersed our leaders in a culture that is very different from our own. In exchange for their time and sharing, the class wanted to give something back to them and their communities.
On October 18th, EDC and 30 participants from GE Africa Leadership Week gathered to do just that and in the process changed lives of children, teachers, and the Kibera community. The group spent one day volunteering in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. The Kibera slum is located in the center of Nairobi and houses 1.5 million people (nearly 50% of Nairobi’s total population) on less than 5% of Nairobi’s landmass….the size of Central Park. It is one of the most densely populated places on the planet.

Over the course of 4 weeks they collected a total of $128,488 USD (totals with GE matching is $226,567 USD!!!) EDC 2013 continued the legacy of the 2012 class by participating in a service project of this magnitude.

By partnering with Shining Hope for Communities and Books For Africa these children have access to education like never before. In addition to our service day EDC was able to provide additional support to healthcare and entrepreneurialism through our partnerships with World Vision and Kiva Zip. This year’s legacy partnership was with the Red Sweater Project to continue EDC 2012’s impact on access to education in Tanzania!

Here is a summary of our accomplishments…

Kibera – Shining Hope For Communities, Books For Africa & Kiva Zip


Sponsorship of the 2014 Pre-K Class & the Kibera School for Girls

  • Personnel
    • Teacher & Assistant Teacher
    • School Social Worker
    • Employee fringe benefits

  • Classroom/Student Expenses
    • Curriculum materials
    • Student healthcare
    • School supplies
    • Schools meals program (2/day)
    • Classroom furniture and furnishings
    • Classroom maintenance
    • Teacher training
    • School uniforms

  • Field trip program (5 trips/year)

  • Parent support/economic programs

Playground Improvements

Curriculum Books

  • Houghton Mifflin Math in Focus, Grades K-5 literacy;
  • Houghton Mifflin Journeys, Grades 1&5.

Medical Books for the Dr. Cross Library

13,000 Books for libraries in Kibera

Health & Hygiene

  • 2 New Latrines
  • Clean Water Kiosk

Support for Kiva Zip Program, > $14,000

Community Support

  • Storefront Painting
  • Clean-Up



Hamlin Fistula Hospital Supplies

Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital provides care for women with childbirth injuries and has done so since 1974. It is located in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. It is the only hospital of its kind in the world dedicated exclusively to women with obstetric fistula – a condition common in the developing world where the maternal health provisions are poor. It treats all patients completely free of any charge. Funding for the hospital provided critical supply needs.


1%(w/w) Hydrocortisone Cream/Ointment of 15g (150 Tubes)

Beprosone® Cream of 15g (100 Tubes)

Quadriderm® cream of 15g (200 Tubes)

Candacort® cream of 15g (150 Tubes)

Fobancort® cream of 15g (150 Tubes)


Calamine lotion of 100mL (200 Bottles)

Colostomy bag, disposable type (2500)

Forsef® 1g injection with diluent (2000 Vials)

Flat Urostomy bags – Pouch (45 Boxes)

Flat Urostomy bags - Skin Barrier (90 Boxes)


World Vision Ethiopia Water Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) Program

World Vision is grateful to General Electric for their contribution to the Ethiopia WASH program. GE’s contribution to Ethiopia will support the overall Ethiopia WASH Program that aims to directly benefit 831,800 people by 2015. Indirect beneficiaries include an additional 131,250 individuals who live in the World Vision areas covered by this program. The expected outcomes of the program are as follows:
  • Increased access to sustainable and safe water supply for poor and vulnerable communities and school children
  • Increased access to improved sanitation for poor and vulnerable communities and schoolchildren
  • Improved hygiene knowledge and practices for poor and vulnerable communities and school children
  • Communities empowered to facilitate sustainable WASH interventions

From October 2010 through March 2013, the Ethiopia WASH Program has helped 430,000 people gain access to safe water by drilling 20 deep wells and 199 shallow wells, and digging 49 more by hand. 40 springs were capped, and 5 springs were equipped with gravity distribution systems with 46 water points. More than 18,200 latrines were built, and 357 schools learned about good hygiene practices.

World Vision implements WASH programs, as WASH interventions have been shown to have a significant and lasting impact on human development, especially on the lives of women and children. Increased access to improved water and sanitation has multiple positive effects including: increased school attendance rates for girls; increased time for nurturing and income-producing activities by mothers; reduced incidence of diarrheal and pneumonial diseases; improved nutritional status; the potential for producing nutritious vegetables on small garden plots year-round; increased income from improved cattle and other animal production; improved housing by allowing year-round maintenance and construction activities; and, especially for women and girls, the privacy needed for their hygiene and safety.


Red Sweater Project

Red Sweater Project collaborates with local communities to create affordable, accessible and advanced educational opportunities for children in rural Tanzania. In little more than 2 years, the Red Sweater Project has opened its secondary school in Mungere Village, complete with the first two classrooms, a kitchen (for student meals), composting toilets, and various other on-campus facilities. In addition to the first-term students, new students are being enrolled this summer to bring the student population to approximately 80 students. In 2012, the Red Sweater Project partnered with EDC 2012 to offer its on-the-ground logistical support to ensure that the Ng’iresi Primary School received its needed school supplies. Our support of Red Sweater has assisted them in completing their final needs for their school’s operation and bring them closer to making the Mungere Secondary School a sustainable campus.

Plans for 2013 include the construction of an on-campus store (to begin sustainable revenue to the school) as well as building of new classrooms including the Science and Computer Lab Complex, which is supported by a new solar array and potential mobile internet services. EDC 2013’s support provided the following to support this program:
  • 40 new desks and chairs for our 40 new students each school year  ($2,500)
  • 120 new school uniforms for all our students ($4,500)
  • A local teacher's annual salary ($4,500)
  • School textbooks (10 subjects) and library reading materials  ($7,400)
  • Provide school breakfasts and lunches for all students for six months  ($3,700)

GE Gives 2013 - Allocation of Funds

Shining Hope For Communities

  $64,000.86 ($118,350.26 with 100% Matching)

Red Sweater Project

  $23,922.03 ($45,842.65 with 100% Matching)

World Vision

  $17,733.01 ($32,741.58 with 100% Matching)


  $13,733.85 ($15,036.12 with 100% Matching)

Books For Africa

  $8,098.91 ($14,596.65 with 100% Matching)


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