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Keeley Erhardt ’17 and Yooni Kim ’15 were awarded PSC Expedition Grants over IAP 2014 thanks to student giving and votes!. Learn more about their amazing projects and what they achieved in just one month below.
Keeley Erhardt ’17
¡Reciclemos! A Recycling Initiative
San Ignacio de Velasco, Bolivia
An Expedition Grant enabled Keeley to travel to San Ignancio de Velasco, Bolivia, to begin developing a recycling initiative. In San Ignacio, the community’s landfill is at capacity, public garbage cans are scarce, and loose trash can be found littering most streets. Keeley began by learning about the recycling process and visiting reprocessing plants. She also surveyed residents to get a sense of the amount of waste they generate, how they dispose of it, and how they perceive recycling. Keeley’s experience culminated with implementing a pilot recycling program in one neighborhood. Based on the success of the pilot, Keeley and her student peers see the potential of their long-term goal – comprehensive, citywide waste management/recycling collection and education.
Yooni Kim ’15
Sustainable Computer Literacy for HIV/AIDS Clinics
Kara, Togo
With support from an Expedition Grant, Yooni traveled to Kara, Togo, to partner with the nonprofit Hope Through Health at an HIV/AIDS clinic in Kara, Togo. The clinic works to improve the lives of the more than 2,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Northern Togo. Yooni worked with the main clinic and its satellites to provide computer literacy training for its staff so they can transition from paper to electronic medical records. Over IAP, Yooni trained staff at all clinic sites, including two TAs who will sustain the staff training program. With her French skills, she assisted in writing comprehensive manuals on using laptops and Microsoft Office, and with her MIT GlobeMed student peers, she brought 18 laptops, two printers, and a scanner to the clinic. When complete, this transition to electronic medical records will significantly improve the clinic’s efficiency and standard of patient care.
Since October 2006, the UGC has raised funding for PSC Expedition Grants to send MIT students around the world to implement their service projects. Past projects have ranged from an AIDS Awareness campaign in China to designing highly visible back-packs for school children in Ghana to avoid traffic injuries. Check out more of the 58 Expedition Grant projects the UGC has funded since 2006 by browsing the galleries below.