Announcing 2011-12 Undergraduate Student Grant Awards
KEVIN DUMLER, Civil Engineering
Location: Quincucirca & Ticunhuaya, Bolivia
Partner: Engineers in Action and Engineers Without Borders-UC Davis
Project description: I will be assisting in the development of a water distribution and treatment system for 60 families in Quincucirca, Bolivia. Currently my team and I are planning and designing the system while coordinating with the community leaders and Engineers In Action, a local engineering NGO from La Paz. This includes a water intake system in the neighboring village of Ticunhuaya, a 4.5 km pipeline to Quincucirca, a treatment system, and a storage tank. From there, water will be distributed via pipeline to each home. I will also be working with EIA and engineering students from Cochabamba to see other water distribution/treatment work around the area. For more, see Grantee profile.
MONITH ILAVARASAN, Managerial Economics
Partner: Rajbhra Medicare
Location: Southern India
Project description: Working with Rajbhra Medicare, an organization that provides health care to rural communities in southern India through various mobile centers, I will observe and document the day to day operations and interview doctors and staff members in order to get a feel for how the work environment and conditions impact people who are actually administering the health care. Working with the medical team, I will gain insight into the benefits of mobile clinics vs. community-based clinics and can hopefully provide insight and ideas about the benefits and challenges of each.
EMMA SHANDY, Human Development: Minor Spanish and Psychology
Partner: RHO Appleseed
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Project description: I plan on teaching at RHO Appleseed school the children ranging in age from 3 to 18 years old. The school is in the Bauleni compound which is one of the poorest areas of Lusaka and the education that children receive there is extremely minimal. The majority of students have very low literacy rates and almost no prior exposure to education. By teaching at RHO Appleseed I will be continuing to help improve the education of these children which in turn will increase their chances of being able to move from the compound and make above minimum wages. My participation will also aid the school and future teachers as it is an extremely new school and as of now there are only two full time teachers. In my time at the school I will be helping to develop curriculum for future teachers to carry on. I will also be participating in home tutoring visits to help children who have further needs.
LADY CAROLINA TAVAREZ, Spanish & Latin America Hemispheric Studies
Partner: Jesucristo por los Ninos y sus Familias
Location: Barbe Pagnol, Haiti
Project description: The Ann Prepare Lavni project is directed at addressing Haiti’s costly Foreign Language programs. We will train and equip teachers in Barbe Pagnol with the most up-to-date knowledge and tools for establishing a multi-lingual curriculum. For more, see Grantee Profile.
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