Kalika Yap’s entrepreneurial journey started by accident after she left her New York journalism career. When she found herself in California without a job in 1996, she discovered the burgeoning web design industry—and she felt right at home. Today, this EO Los Angeles member is a mom, wife, entrepreneur, inventor and EO podcaster who is guided by an unwavering set of core values.
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Stacey Brewer’s journey is marked by a passion for giving back. Together with fellow EO Johannesburg member Ryan Harrison, she founded SPARK Schools in South Africa in 2013. “We’ve always been passionate about giving back to a country that has given us so much over the years,” says Stacey. “As it turns out, entrepreneurship was the vehicle to do just that.”
By EO Global Staff
On Saturday morning, 26 August, it became apparent that Houston, the fourth-largest city in the U.S., was in deep trouble–chest-deep in homes and over the roofs of cars and 18-wheelers, to be exact. The floodwaters were rising and families, moms, dads, dogs and young children were seeking refuge on the roofs of their homes, praying for rescue.
This summer has been a bad one for flooding: Southeast Asia’s most severe monsoon season in years has killed more than 1,200 people in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Currently, the 20 million residents of Mumbai and the 6 million residents of Houston are experiencing unprecedented flooding tragedies that continue to unfold. The images are haunting.
When the floodwaters began to rise in Texas, EO’s Houston chapter president, Josh Jacobs, knew his fellow member-leaders would be in a unique position to Boldly Go and Make a Mark on their communities. With around 150 members scattered across Greater Houston and the impacted region, he started a WhatsApp page where members could connect to share information about procedures, rescues, relief availability and next steps.
The page became a lifeline where EO members found support and help as Hurricane Harvey raged on . . . and on . . . and on, for four days and nights of seemingly endless heavy downpours, with some regions reporting up to 51 inches of rain.
While Harvey was still pounding the region, about 30 EO members and their families helped clean out one member’s flooded house: ripping out and removing flood-soaked carpet, sheetrock and ruined furniture. What would have taken the family several days to accomplish was done in about three hours.
It’s a shocking statistic: In Africa, where nearly 50% of the population is under age 15, seven out of 10 rural children have never set foot in a school―nor will they ever do so.
In the West African country of Mali, 69% of children are enrolled in primary school. However, only 34% continue to secondary school. Reasons for this steep drop in attendance include an inability to pay school fees, a lack of middle schools accessible to rural populations and gender inequity. But with evidence that each additional year of secondary schooling increases a student’s future income by 10-20%, providing better access to middle schools is key to creating a lasting impact.
The Mali Rising Foundation was formed in 2004 to provide accessible, quality education for children, focusing on middle school education. The foundation’s goal is to establish a middle school within walking distance for every child in every rural village.