The prospect of learning new skills is what attracted Daniel Rhollans to GE’s OMLP rotations: Program management, inventory control, advanced manufacturing – all tremendous opportunities for an early career employee.
He never thought he would be learning to head-balance water buckets! Daniel’s “headstrong” skillset was refined during a GE-sponsored trek to Malawi, Africa to begin construction of a buildOn school.
Daniel, currently based in Clearwater, FL., and other leadership program employees share a passion with buildOn founder and former GE employee Jim Ziolkowski, who sparked the movement 26 years ago. As a result, more than 1,100 schools now serve boys and girls in third-world countries.
While enabling education in faraway villages was not on Sarah Byrne’s career plan, her finance position in GE’s leadership program provided an opportunity to join other GE employees to help break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through GE’s support of buildOn.
Most recently, Sarah, who’s currently working in Boston, traveled to Senegal to help build a GE-sponsored school.
See if you can find Sarah at work, constructing buildOn’s 1000th school:
I wonder if a gyroscope may help the women to hold the water buckets in place.
The GE employees may need two gyroscopes.
(Just kidding) a manual water system would do a better job
Great story to see these young people having schools to go to. And a unique strategy to get the GE brand started early in the growth market of Africa. I would like to see us move away from the term “Third-world countries” and use something like “Emerging Countries”.
Very nice to see GE doing this. I’d like to learn more about it. My wife and I travelled in Uganda which gives me more appreciation.
Really a great story to see dedicated good kind hearted courageous GE employees helping others in such charitable way,good job guys..!