Student led community engagement projects

I went to Africa to change the world, and Africa changed me.”

-UVA student

Since its inception, ESAVANA has successfully implemented a broad range of changes in the East and Southern African communities where teams of University students and faculty have studied, conducted research, and served.

Projects include:

  • the design and construction of methane bio-digesters to supply a crèche in the rural Limpopo Province of South Africa with cooking gas
  • the installation of slow-sand drinking water filtration units for a rural community in the Mutale River Valley of rural South Africa
  • assistance with the micro-entrepreneurial efforts of small-scale farmer in the Limpopo province in South Africa
  • the installation of rain water harvesting systems for rural primary schools in the regions of Bushbuckridge and Venda, South Africa
  • a joint effort with K-12 schools in the communities surrounding Mashamba to develop curricula assistance with education related to sexual assault and victims empowerment in Thohoyandou in South Africa
  • the building of libraries and literacy programs in Kenya and South Africa, and the establishment of empowerment programs for young girls in Cameroon and South Africa

View letters of appreciation from:

Shobiyana High School

Paulos Ngobeni school 

Funjwa Primary School 

Masingitana High School