Basic Needs
About

An alarming number of people around the world live in extreme poverty without access to basic needs such as food, water and shelter – luxuries that many of us take for granted. Resolution Fellows are providing solutions in these crucial areas, to ensure that the basic needs of people around the world are met, and scalable, effective models are developed.

An alarming number of people around the world live in extreme poverty without access to basic needs such as food, water and shelter – luxuries that many of us take for granted. Resolution Fellows are providing solutions in these crucial areas, to ensure that the basic needs of people around the world are met, and scalable, effective models are developed.

Afritrove Milling

Munyaradzi Chifetete & Mwangala Simataa co-founded Afritrove Milling in Zambia to provide a local solution for mealie meal production.  Mealie meal is a staple made of maize for which a national monopoly exists—it has pushed down prices for farmers and artificially inflated prices for consumers. The team is using a local approach to source maize from farmers at better prices, to mill it with local millers, and package and distribute it locally as well.

Mwangala Simataa

Mwangala Simataa, a Zambian citizen, is currently a junior at Lafayette College majoring in Economics and Philosophy. Throughout his time at Lafayette College, he has served as a researcher for the Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project, which is an interdisciplinary team of students and professors that works with distressed communities to find ways to develop and commercialize latent assets. Mwangala is the founder of Lafayette College’s Philosophy Club, a member of the Investment Club, and a student representative on the college’s Student Conduct and Appeals Committee.

Munyaradzi Chifetete

Munyaradzi is an undergraduate student at Lafayette College from Zimbabwe pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He is an active member of the Lafayette chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and ASCE Steel Bridge team. Munyaradzi has interned at United Parcel Service (UPS), in the Industrial Engineering division, and at Mercy Corps, where he assisted with evaluating UNICEF’s Small Towns Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) program in Manicaland, Zimbabwe.

School Relief

Suman Kumar & Avishek Sanjel are co-founding School Relief in Nuwakot, Nepal to rebuild schools destroyed by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Students from the first school they will rebuild have been taught under temporary shelters; they will use a ‘Portal Shelter’ modular design that will allow for rapid deployment, use of local materials, safer and earthquake-resistant construction to provide a safer and more lasting solution throughout Nepal.

Avishek Sanjel Chhetri

Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Avishek has grown to realize the health disparity that exists globally in terms of quality healthcare services. Avishek is driven by his passion to bring change to the healthcare sector of Nepal. Avishek is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester studying Biochemistry and International Relations. He plans to pursue an MD-MPH and work with rural communities in Nepal. Currently, with his team, he has started School Relief to rebuild schools that were destroyed during the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

Suman Kumar

Suman is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester in New York, pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business. He has Engineering experience and has worked on several engineering projects in Nepal including earthquake relief project that provided shelters for approximately 26,000 earthquake victims. He previously ran a successful fabrication business where he dealt with several International organizations including the United Nations. 

Komaale Initiative

Gervase founded The Komaale Initiative to provide a year-round farming opportunity for vegetable farmers along water-ways in the Wa Municipality of North West Ghana, where the crop-friendly rainy season lasts only four months. Komaale will provide subsistence vegetable farmers with streams of income throughout the year, and create employment opportunities for youth through rice farming.

Gervase Adams

Gervase Adams is a student of Ashesi University College class of 2017, studying BSc in Business Administration. Gervase is passionate about youth empowerment and agriculture. He is from the upper west region of Ghana where his people mostly rely on subsistence rain fed agriculture. He is currently working on the Komaale initiative in his region which is a low cost irrigation farming project for vegetable farmers which aims at improving the incomes of these farmers significantly and reducing the rate at which children drop out of school in his region.

"Ubuntu" Design Community Half House Project

Wandile founded the Half-House Project to provide sustainable improvements in the living and community conditions of shantytown residents in Durban. Using local materials and labor as well as community sweat equity, Wandile and his team will build half-houses that leave room for further creative construction. The half-house will create a sense of community pride and ownership, while teaching the community about the importance and power of environmental sustainability.

Wandile Mthiyane

Emanating from a humble background of KwaMashu, Wandile Mthiyane rose each day to contemplate on his dream to change the world. In spite of the immediate battle to fight the endless trend of poverty, he amplified his vision to make a difference by developing an intimacy with education which he believed was the only widget to terminate poverty. His outstanding progress from High School propagated his vision as he was eventually awarded a full tuition scholarship to pursue Architecture at Andrews University.