Two 2014 Mandela Washington Fellows, Rose Funja and Abella Bateyunga, just completed a four-week training program funded by a grant won through the annual Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund competition (AEIF). The project took place at COSTECH (Commission for Science and Technology) and involved 45 girls from 11 secondary schools who were trained on basic computer programming and application development.
The Deputy Public Affairs Officer, David Feldmann, attended the graduation ceremony which took place on January 9th 2016. For 2016 the AEIF competition launches on Tuesday, February 9 when alumni can start submitting proposals and budgets.
About the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund:
The State Department created the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. The competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects that utilize skills and knowledge they have gained through their exchange experiences. To participate, alumni must be members of the International Exchange Alumni (IEA) global online community and form teams of at least four IEA community members (this number includes the team leader). Proposed projects must address one of the AEIF themes. In 2015, 48 grants of up $25,000 were awarded to alumni teams worldwide to support their public service projects.