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Summer 2013 bloggers

Summer is here, and for the Public Service Center, that means our Fellows and Interns are either already hard at work at their destinations or getting ready to implement their public service projects around the globe.

Listed below are our current bloggers, who will bring to you their experiences. Check back to see their updates!

Maria Cassidy '14 will spend her summer in New Mexico volunteering at San Andres High School. As an alternative high school that has a less than 30% graduation rate, but also has 1 brand new iPad per student, San Andres is in need of a superhero with a heart for tutoring and a willingness to see the world from the student’s perspective. Maria plans to shadow students in order to learn about what is important to them as well as work with at least two current math teachers to develop lesson plans that will hopefully make use of the iPads. The goal of Maria’s project is long-term impact through a legacy of lesson plans and hands-on project ideas.

Annemarie Gray G will spend the summer interning at the Washington, DC Office of Planning working on a comprehensive sustainability plan for the city. She will be working with a team of government officials, local community organizations, and businesses to develop initiatives that will achieve environmental sustainability while creating job opportunities for local residents in underserved communities.

John Maher G will be traveling to rural Ghana to build toilets for a school.  The project is for a school of 280 student in Taha Village, which currently has no sanitation facilities.  I will be working with the students in a participatory fashion to design a small building of toilets that is appropriate to the climate and culture.

MATI (MIT/UEM Activating Transformative Initiatives), a team of eight students and one professor from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, will be working in KaTembe, a peri-urban district in Mozambique’s capital of Maputo. MATI is working with with a local youth group and architecture students to complete a household and neighborhood survey on basic services and to test new methodologies for determining local affordability of water.  The team will also work together with its Mozambican partners on an advocacy strategy for how to locally mobilize data collected to affect desired changes and improvements in water and sanitation systems in particular.

Frances Rucker '16 will spend this summer in Gangtok, Sikkim, India. She is going to design and implement a Computer Science curriculum for the Taktse School. She will also assist the community with various coding projects to help improve the quality of life there. The goal of this project is to not only educate the current students and members of the community but to also leave a lasting curriculum to benefit future generations.

Danya Runmore G will spend the summer working on collaborative outdoor recreation, conservation, and trail planning  in North Idaho with the Idaho Conservation League. She will draw on her training in consensus building, planning, and stakeholder engagement to identify opportunities for, barriers to, and strategies by which the stakeholders in North Idaho can work together to increase trail connectivity and better protect open spaces. The goal of this project is to provide guidance for and to support.

John Tebes '13 will return to Arusha, Tanzania this summer to bring to scale the technological workshops of Bernard Kiwia, the co-founder and chief inventor of a community innovation center called Accelerating Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (AISE). While there, John will generate Khan Academy-style educational videos explaining how to make these technologies and build AISE’s professional network of schools and NGOs. He will also make a documentary about Mr. Kiwia to be posted on an online platform. Collectively, this project aspires to broaden AISE’s impact both locally and globally and establish it as an innovation center at the forefront of improving the lives of the poor through local innovation.

Emily Williamson G will spend the summer in Cape Coast, Ghana. She will be working with the Zongo, a small minority Islamic settlement, to create a community-based strategy for new water systems through processes of engagement, education, empowerment, and sustainability. She plans to continue the implementation of rainwater collection systems begun last year, execute a small pilot project (to be decided upon with the community) that has social and economic benefits, and develop a long-term strategic planning document. The goal of the project is to improve the water-livelihoods of the Zongo community.



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