Global Anti-Poverty Essay Contest

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[Global Essay Contest]

The National Peace Corps Association, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting returned peace corps volunteers  (RPCVs) and the peace Corps community, launched a worldwide essay contest with  SEVEN Fund called the Enterprise Solutions to Global Poverty Essay Contest.

The competition kicked off  in April and runs through July 31 to generate innovative ideas on small  enterprise development to fight global
poverty. “This  is an essay contest that is geared to those who have an interest in or have  worked in the entrepreneurial sector in
developing countries,” said Molly Mattessich, manager of online initiatives for the National Peace Corps Association who helped organize the essay contest. “We are asking writers to  submit short essays that touch on personal experiences in the developing world where there continues to be a shortage of basic human needs.”

Essays should  highlight personal grassroots efforts and successes that can serve as models for  lessening poverty around the world and everyday struggles to have basic needs  met. Submissions can approach this topic through the lens of cultural, religious, philosophical,
technical, and academic traditions. Both past and  present Peace Corps volunteers are strongly encouraged to enter.

The winner will be  announced at the “Conversations: The Future of the Peace Corps Global  Leaders” panel in Washington, D.C. on September 24, to coincide with the Peace  Corps’ 50th anniversary celebrations during that week. SEVEN and NPCA will award  the grand-prize winner $5,000 and the chosen essay will be featured in WorldView magazine. The winner will also receive one ticket to attend  the "Promise of the Peace Corps Gala" in Washington, D.C. also to be held in  late September.

“We are  collaborating with SEVEN to sponsor this contest with the hopes of bringing  together the best ideas to help mitigate both urban and rural poverty,” adds  Mattessich. “We anticipate a variety of submissions offering innovative  approaches to small enterprise development that can be implemented on a modest  budget.”

For more  details on the Enterprise Solutions to Global Poverty Essay Contest, go to:


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