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John Linsley ’04 (KSP fall ’02)
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|Students traveled to the Yaeda Valley in northern Tanzania where they learned from a community of Hadza hunter-gatherers. Here they are taught to make fire.
I compiled this column in Nairobi, where I’m working with the International Medical Corps. It’s been a pleasure to get together with KSP alums traveling and working in Kenya, so do be in touch if you’re in the area.
Justin Sullivan '07 (KSP spring '06) wrote from Tanzania, where he is a Peace Corps volunteer. He lives in a small village in the Morogoro Region, and is a health education volunteer focused mainly on HIV/AIDS education in local schools. He’s also started a theater and arts group with his students, who he says “perform HIV-based community theater, drumming, dance, singing and hip-hop to educate the out-of-school community. Also under way is an income-generating chicken coop project to assist those with HIV/AIDS in covering the costs of travel to the regional hospital to receive anti-retroviral therapy and by providing a valuable source of protein. Future plans include HIV testing days in the village, with entertainment from the theater and arts group.”
“Serving with Peace Corps Tanzania has been a great experience and I have to credit SLU and the KSP for giving me the interest and courage to do it,” he said. KSP alums may contact Justin (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more.
Filling Nancy’s shoes is Jolie Roetter ’04 who previously was assistant director of off-campus programs. And taking over Jolie’s duties is Sajana Blank '08 (KSP spring ’06). Before her return to Canton, Sajana led a community service program in Tanzania for Putney Student Travel and was a refugee and immigrant specialist and mentoring coordinator at a community center in Burlington, Vt.
Matt Stevenson (Amherst, KSP fall ’03) wrote from Washington, D.C. He is working at the Global Environment and Technology Foundation on water and sanitation projects in Africa.
Alex Eaton ’08 (KSP fall ’06) and Margot Brooks ’08 are working at Consider Bardwell Farms in West Pawlet, Vt. They produce handcrafted cheeses from local cow and goat milk.
Meg Ference (Rutgers, KSP spring ’04) is a Ph.D student in anthropology at Washington University. She was recently awarded a Fulbright-Hays scholarship with which she’ll spend a year in Kenya carrying out research on matatu (mini-bus)culture.
Also in Kenya is Michelle Osborn (Vanderbilt, KSP spring ‘00). She is conducting research in Kibera, one of Nairobi’s largest slums, as part of her doctoral degree in social and cultural anthropology at the University of Oxford. “My research concerns issues of governance in Kibera, examining how the everyday practices of urban chiefs affect the lives of the urban poor,” she explains.
Michelle and I had an opportunity to visit the study center in Karen and speak with the fall ’09 KSP students about field work in Kenya just before they left on a month of independent study, during which the accompanying photo was taken.
After 11 years at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard, Amanda Pearson ’92 (KSP fall ’90) is a health policy scholar at George Washington University as an M.P.H. candidate. The originator of the column says, “We are really looking forward to being in D.C. for a few years! Our first son, Ethan Luke, was born last July 5. It's been quite a change, needless to say. And it's been great to hear from members of the KSP community, including former director Paul Robinson and Mike Rainy, former head of the Samburu field component.”
KSP alums, contact me with your news using the information at the top of this page. Tutaonana!
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