A group of students from Centro Universtário do Norte (UniNorte) won the KPMG prize for ethics and integrity at the National Enactus Competition in São Paulo, Brazil. The competition included student teams from 80 different higher education institutions in Brazil who are all working on social impact projects.
The UniNorte students presented their project, "To Be," which helps organize language courses for Haitian immigrants. Even though the initiative was just launched six months ago, they are already working with their second group of immigrants. These results were enough to earn them one of the competition’s top awards and third overall in the competition. Many of the other projects have been in operation longer and some teams had even participated in past Enactus events.
Sissa Maricaua, the team’s leader, said it was a great opportunity. She acknowledged that even though this is a competition, there is a lot of mutual support between the student teams, including ongoing networking. Thunder Pires, another member of the student team, said it was a great encouragement to continue their work. The other members of the team were Sara Gois, Luane Louis, Anderson Silva, Rafah Serique and Francisco Serique. They benefited from the support of Olinda Marinho and the Entrepreneurship Center at UniNorte.
Enactus is a global organization focused on promoting projects organized by university students that are having a positive impact. It has chapters in 36 countries and more than 1,700 teams around the world, 80 of which are in Brazil. KPMG is one of the global supporters of Enactus and provides each winning team with 2,000 reals to invest in their project.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.