Monday, June 22, 2009

Some introductions and explanations.

Here's what's up this summer:

This is the organization that I am working with this summer.
This article by the Daily Nation explains how the Iko Toilet is changing the whole concept of sanitation in Nairobi.

This
is my internship coordinator.
This article by Ashoka gives the low down on his visions for a new form of sanitation in Nairobi.
He just won African Entrepreneur of the Year from the World Economic Forum.
Read about it here.

What I am 'doing' this summer (subject to change, of course) includes, but is not limited to:
  • What I'm doing: Helping create a needs-based assessment for areas of two slums where the Iko Toilet has been introduced.
  • What that means: The three other interns and I are interviewing key community members, writing and administering a survey-type questionnaire and forming focus groups in order to learn about how, why, when, who, etc. uses the toilets in the slums, and what their current hygiene practices are. The data that we will collect from these surveys will tell us about people's knowledge, attitudes and perceptions regarding water, sanitation and a little bit about health.
  • What I'm doing: Laying the groundwork for a hygiene social marketing campaign.
  • What that means: We are going to take the information from the surveys and begin to create an education campaign about hygiene. In other words, if we learn that hand-washing is a huge problem, we will come up with creative ways to educate and promote hand-washing within the cultural context of the areas we are working. An idea currently being worked on is a radio reality show. Watch out.
  • What I am doing: Helping create a global movement for clean water and against cholera.
  • What this means: In conjunction with other graduate students around the world, I am working to start an awareness initiative (read: blog) regarding cholera and how it can be wiped out. Think Rotary and Polio. This excites me GREATLY.

3 comments:

Victor said...

All you're doing and do is very inspiring.

OUR FAMILY said...

It is so inspiring Haley.

By the way... our new address is
saydasjournal.blogspot.com

Since I use first names, I didn't want them connected to our last name.

OUR FAMILY said...

Don't know if you got the first comment.

It is inspiring Haley. Everything you do.

By the way... our new address is
saydasjournal.blogspot.com

Since I use first names, I didn't want them connected to our last name.