Merkabah’s Story and Mission
On a rainy Tuesday afternoon while taking notes in my black political leadership course at Emory, I got an email about an opportunity to travel to India, Kenya or Ecuador to be an ambassador for girls’ education. I quickly signed up for an interview and filmed a three minute long video clip about my passion for education. When I found out the contest was sponsored by Intel and that thousands of entries were submitted, I quickly dismissed the possibility.
With great surprise, I learned a few weeks later that I was a finalist and subsequently the winner of the Intel for Change international contest!
I was given an incredible opportunity to meet with global developers, celebrities, ambassadors, engineers, teachers, corporation and government leaders to discuss innovation and challenge. We collaborated to better understand the intersection between development, education and technology. This platform focused substantially upon exploring innovative ways to engage children in development and social mobility.
Chrissybil Boulin, Founder
Merkabah International Foundation was founded on January 1st, 2015.
Merkabah’s vision is to create access to innovation and development for materially impoverished children and surrounding neighborhoods.
Merkabah schools will collaborate with community members, engineers, social scientists and artists to use built structure and animated curriculum to give 100 elementary-aged children an education focused around well-being and sustainable living.
Our art, science and technology elementary school will be built using Eco-friendly materials such as bamboo and glass bottles. Facilities will be designed to generate solar/ wind power and will be equipped with a bio-recyclable water filtration system and rooftop garden.