University of Portland students Kenny King and Kurt Berning have launched Global Alliance for Developing Education (Global ADE), an innovative non-profit based out of Portland with the goal of fostering educational opportunities in developing countries, primarily Cambodia. Global ADE will focus on assisting secondary schools and helping provide students access to attend them.
King, a business and German studies double major, and Berning, a business major, are both members of the University’s Entrepreneur Scholar (E-Scholar) program. The E-Scholar program provides classroom activity and applied experience, including travel abroad, to expose students to new and different ways of doing business and encourages students to create new business ventures or develop and implement strategies to improve existing enterprises. Through E-Scholars, King and Berning made a trip to New York City earlier this year and met with several non-profits and developed contacts in Cambodia.
“We want to build education, not just help build schools, and to make sure people can find jobs and get vocational training,” said King. “We want to explore microfinance opportunities, and we see the potential for our projects to be more like community centers than just schools.”
Currently, Global ADE will look to increase access to secondary schools by providing necessities like uniforms, books and school supplies. Over spring break next year, Berning and King will travel to China and Cambodia through the E-Scholar program to begin implementing more projects through Global ADE.
Global ADE is focusing on Cambodia because of the opportunity for success there. According to King and Berning, Cambodia is a country that is lagging behind in a region that is doing well. Also, they say there are several primary schools in the country but only a limited number of secondary schools available to students.
Starting this week, students can donate unused points from their meal plans to Global ADE through Bon Appétit, the University’s food service providers. The points will help finance a fundraiser dinner that will take place in the spring and will be open to interested alumni and community members. King and Berning are also exploring other fundraising opportunities, including holding rummage sales on campus.
For more information about Global ADE or the E-Scholar program, please contact Peter Rachor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-943-7769.