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Your Place, My Place: Investing in the Strength of Nairobi’s Informal Settlements by Geoffrey Tam (F’20)

by tuftsigl
 Your Place, My Place: Investing in the Strength of Nairobi’s Informal Settlements by Geoffrey Tam (F’20) Jul 12

Five major components define a slum household according to UN Habitat: lack of access to an improved water source, lack of access to improved sanitation facilities, lack of sufficient living area, lack of housing durability, and lack of security of tenure. In Kenya, an estimated 6.4 million of the country’s 45.5 million residents live in these informal settlements, a figure equivalent to 56 percent of the nation’s urban population. Besides the ramifications to health, livelihoods, and education that such living conditions have, perhaps the most crippling effect of these settlements is their contribution to a “level of perpetual poverty, deprivation, and socio-spatial exclusion . . . a condition that also affects the overall prosperity of the cities and towns in which they exist.”

Jun 19

The Empowerment Seascape of the Mediterranean by Vanessa DiDomenico (F’21)

by tuftsigl

This summer, I am spending three weeks in Greece conducting research to help in the creation of a maritime-centered, youth non-profit. The goal of the non-profit is to raise awareness about the industry, while finding roles for youth and young professionals to become more involved and empowered.

Sep 21

Sustainable Menstruation in India: “Greening the Red” by Rashi Rathi (F’18)

by jtijssen

While surveying women about their menstrual management practices in Bengaluru, India, I was surprised to learn that more than 80 percent of the respondents were concerned about their environmental footprint from using disposable sanitary napkins.

Aug 27

A Tale of HeroRATs by Grishma Rimal (F’19)

by tuftsigl

Rats save lives. When I first heard this unusual phrase, as an intern at Ashoka, I was perplexed and curious. How? My mind lingered on this question for a while.

Aug 21

Inefficiencies in the Indian Menstrual Health Marketplace by Rashi Rathi (F’18)

by tuftsigl

I am studying the potential of technology to improve women’s healthcare as part of my Masters’ thesis at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and I am supported by the Institute for Global Leadership in this endeavor.

Aug 21

Changing the World, One Community at a Time by Grishma Rimal (F’19)

by tuftsigl

What is social entrepreneurship?

This question has resurfaced time and again during my time at Tufts University. The only consistency I have found in the answers I receive is the caveat that there is no formalized definition or response for it.

Aug 16

The Importance of Training: Community Health Work in Kenya by Olivia Ng (A’20)

by tuftsigl

As someone who comes from a technologically literate generation, sometimes it is difficult for me to imagine what it might be like to not know how to use a cell phone. These thoughts are then tempered when I remember how difficult it is for me to pick up an Android when I am so used to the touch of an iPhone.

Aug 10

Providing and Advocating for Marginalized Citizens’ Rights in Kazakhstan by Elmira Askerova (F’19)

by tuftsigl

This summer, I had a chance to work with a newly established social enterprise whose main goal is to create job opportunities for marginalized citizens – the disabled, single mothers and orphans – in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Jul 27

Empowering Those Who Deliver Hope: Community Health Work in Kenya by Olivia Ng (A’20)

by tuftsigl

“Community health workers deliver hope and health door to door, day in and day out; they are my heroes. It is our job to support them as they break that stubborn link between being poor and having poor health.”
-Josh Nesbit, CEO, Co-Founder, Medic Mobile

Jul 15

For the Children, by the Children: Improving Early Childhood Development Programs by Gauri Khanduja (F’19)

by tuftsigl

I am spending the summer in Kigali, Rwanda, interning with Search for Common Ground (Search), an international non-profit that works in conflict transformation in about 36 countries.

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