Every year, ONE hosts the ONE Campus Challenge (OCC): a friendly competition to determine which university’s student body has the most effective global poverty-fighting campaign.
College students work together — with others on their campus and across the country — to learn about global poverty and preventable disease, and to achieve change on behalf of the world’s poorest people through advocacy, action and awareness-raising.
During the school year, students earn points and recognition for their schools by participating in different actions and monthly challenges, including advocating for important legislation, educating people on campus about challenges to international development, and raising the visibility of ONE and the issues we champion. The schools accumulating the most points in monthly challenges and throughout the season are eligible for exciting prizes and national recognition for their efforts in the fight against global poverty.
The 2009-2010 ONE Campus Challenge title goes to the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor! ONE at UMich has been hard at work since September – gathering petition signatures, recruiting new members, lobbying their Members of Congress, educating their peers, and mobilizing the entire Ann Arbor community in ONE’s mission.
For their Top 10 advocacy project, ONE at UMich chose to focus on maternal and child health, where they demonstrated some simple programs being implemented on the ground that are saving thousands of lives. In addition to a phenomenal giant Africa map petition, they also successfully logged 78 calls to Congress, 78 handwritten letters to Michigan Senators Levin and Stabenow, and an astounding 789 letters to Congress signed by UMich students.
For their efforts, ONE at UMich will receive $10,000 in their name to give to the ONE Partner Organization of their choice. UMich has chosen Carolina for Kibera, a small nonprofit in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya – the largest slum in East Africa. University of Michigan Campus Leader Stephanie Parrish visited Carolina for Kibera as a student participant in Summer 2009 on the first-ever ONE Campus Challenge Trip to Africa.
The University of Michigan is very deserving of this honor. The ONE Campus Challenge Team would like to thank the U of M group for all of their tireless work advocating for the world’s poorest people; we are very much looking forward to what ONE at UMich will accomplish in next year’s ONE Campus Challenge!
PS– If you have had a chance yet, be sure to check out UMich’s video: