ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations. 69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.
“I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because it provides me with the opportunity to, not only tap into an incredible community of leaders and resources but also witness the incredible work young change makers like myself are doing all over the world. I believe that young people coming together all over the world can help create the kind of world we want to see.”
Millennium Fellowship Project
The HOPE RISING project is centered around tackling the effects of Lead poisoning epidemic in Zamfara State, Nigeria which have caused the death of over 700 children in the state since it began, it has contaminated their soil and underground water sources.
Our intervention is on developing a water filtration mechanism which provides clean water to the community as well as involving a Jathropha Integrated energy scheme through the planting of over 5,000 Jathropha seedlings for the remediation of the contaminated soil. To tackle food insecurity, we set up an Aqua-fresh farm, and an aquaponics system to grow fresh vegetables and catfish. Our greenhouse farm creates employment for Women in the community as they supply fresh vegetables and fish in their local market, so they can be able to take charge of their lives. This semester we hope to extend the project to two more affected communities.
About the Millennium Fellow
Francis Eneji is currently in his penultimate year studying Human Physiology at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria. At the core of it, Francis is passionate about making social impact, reducing poverty and unemployment.