Peace Corps Experience
- Community Health and Economic Development
- Cornell University
- 2013 (expected)
- City and Regional Planning (MRP)
- University of Michigan
- BS in Architecture
My Peace Corps Service (2010–12) was in Lesotho, southern Africa, where I was a community health and economic development volunteer working mostly on community development in Ha Mali village. My primary assignment was coordinating community outreach for Maliba Lodge. I started health and agriculture projects at five schools and opened the Ha Mali Community Center, which focuses on addressing the needs of the orphans and needy in the surrounding community. Secondary projects I worked on included running a GLO girl's empowerment camp. While there I did extensive fieldwork, conducting two household surveys for all 205 families in Ha Mali village for the Masters International Program. In my Cornell studies I am using both qualitative (life story interviews) and quantitative research (two household surveys of all 205 families in the village) that I gathered in Peace Corps for my master's thesis. The topic of my thesis is the community impact of electrification of my village, Ha Mali.