Jose Vasquez from El Salvador studying at Northcentral Technical University received funding and mentoring from the Clinton Global Initiative University for his project to provide mobility freedom to the elderly and disabled in his home country.
Students making a positive difference. That is the goal behind the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI-U). It was established in 2005 by former U.S. President Bill Clinton to create and implement solutions to the world’s problems.
Jose talked about his experience at the Clinton Global Initiative University conference April 5-7 in St. Louis, Missouri and his project:
“This weekend I assisted at the Bill Clinton Global Initiative in St. Louis, Missouri. This is a huge conference with students leaders who want to change the world through projects. There were students from 72 countries around the world and each student had to develop a project. But they were also offering the opportunity to provide the SEED funding for the project. This is a huge project. I participated and my project was Sharing Joy. This was about providing mobility freedom for the elderly and disabled in El Salvador. What I want to do with this project is provide wheelchairs, other mobility aids, and also provide transportation to medical appointments. I went through many processes and just in this weekend I had to present my project three times. I passed the semifinals and then the finals, each step was evaluated for many judges. Everything went well and on Saturday evening my project was announced by Chelsea Clinton as a winner. I was so excited!
I feel very proud to be Salvadorean and represent El Salvador in the best way I can. Now the elderly and disabled in Osicala City will have access to wheelchairs or other mobility equipment and they can go to school and also access health care. Bill Clinton is donating me the funding for this commitment. This was the first time that El Salvador was awarded for a project.
I am very passionate about this project and I cannot wait to start it. Also this project is in memory of my sister that didn’t have wheelchair and access to healthcare and this last summer she passed away.
I feel very proud to be awarded by Bill Clinton and being Salvadorean in winning this project, I know this is going to change the lives of many people.
The experience with the Bill Clinton Global Initiative was wonderful. Bill Clinton is very smart and very humble.
The program SEED and USAID is very proud of me because they give me a scholarship.”