Our Act Local Component
Inspired by the production and message of each documentary, we initiate a new action or project each year.
Somos de Café, 2008
ETL successfully inspired two-student run coffee shops on campus to serve fair-trade coffee. They continue to serve fair-trade coffee to this day.
del micro al cambio, 2009
Upon return to campus, ETL helped to support Banco Esperanza, a women's micro lending project in Cold Spring, MN that is now operated by Casa Guadalupe to work with Mexican American women in the local area.
Essubi: GRowing up with Hope, 2010
ETL partnered with the Uganda Rural Fund and Hope Academy to raise $1,600 for teachers' salaries. Additionally, ETL partnered with Students in Free Enterprise (a student-run group on campus), to sell jewelry made by the Ugandan children. Inspired by ETL's documentary, a group of CSB/SJU students made a return trip to Hope Academy in 2013 to begin a piggery at the academy in order to improve the community and aid it in becoming more self-sufficient.
Pragati Nepal, 2011
Following the film, goods from Padhma Creations, a social venture effort to provide shelter and training in knitting and business management to victims of trafficking became available in the campus bookstores. To manage this on-campus initiative student interns were recruited through CSB/SJU Career Services, and ETL's work with Padhma Creations was featured in The New York Times and on DoSomething.org.
As a result of Obnova, more individuals have been informed about summer internship opportunities with NGO's in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and since the film’s release, dozens of CSB/SJU students have participated in various internships. In 2013 an article written by ETL alum, Rachel Mullin, was published in a national Bosnian magazine regarding how youth can get involved in changing their communities and society.
The team worked with Minneapolis-based groups, such as Spectrum and the National Association of Mental Illness, to host an art gallery on campus. The gallery featured the work of individuals living with mental health illness as well as bringing individuals to campus to speak about their struggles with mental illness and society’s treatment of them. In addition, as a result of ETL’s work in Kolkata with the non-profit Anajali, CSB/SJU students who study abroad in India can now intern with Anjali and take part in the organization’s efforts to erase the mental health stigma in India.
Ger Kler, 2014
This summer, ETL awarded four $500 merit-based scholarships to Karen students who have already been accepted to institutions of higher education or who are already pursuing higher education. ETL also collaborated with the Admissions Offices at the College of St. Benedict and St. Johns University to set up campus visits/weekend stays for interested Karen students and families, strengthens relations between College of St. Benedict and St. Johns University and the Karen people of Minnesota, and presented the documentary to College Possible to inform them of issues faced by the Karen population they serve.