Human Development

Nepal Earthquake Summit Livestream

Watch events from the Nepal Earthquake Summit livestreamed here. 

 

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Nepal Earthquake Summit

The Nepal Earthquake Summit spanned three days (Feb. 18-20, 2016). A majority of the Summit sessions can be viewed on our YouTube channel. Click here for a PDF version of the agenda. The Summit also included a photographic exhibition on the Langtang Valley of Nepal, featuring photographs from Austin Lord '06, Athena Zelandonii, and Prasiit Sthapit.

Peace by Design

by Hilary Johnson '15 and Gurkaran Singh '15

Educated and empowered women are fundamental to sustainable peace and thriving communities. In Ghana, especially in the slums, women are not seen as valuable financial contributors, which results in domestic violence, child marriages, and unequal access to education.

With support from Davis Projects for Peace, we worked with Tech Needs Girls, a Ghanaian mentorship program for girls ages 10 to 18, led Regina Agyare, an incredible female role model for her students. Tech Needs Girls helps girls to be innovators and leaders by teaching them technical skills while encouraging them to pursue tech careers. Through skill development and internship opportunities, young women are able to command respect and shape their own destinies. Families no longer see their daughters as liabilities to be married away at a young age, but rather as capable contributors who deserve investment.

Event Co-Sponsorship

The Dickey Center welcomes the opportunity to co-sponsor different types of campus events (public lectures, conferences, workshops, symposia, etc.) with academic departments, student groups, faculty, staff and other campus centers and institutes. We ask that requests for co-sponsorship be made six weeks prior to the term in which the event would take place.

On Shaky Ground: Working to Rebuild Nepal

The following is a report from Human Development Fellow Kripa Dongol '16 who had been on the Geography Foreign Study Program (FSP) in Prague before returning to her home country of Nepal to help with disaster relief following the April 25th earthquake. Kripa sent this update on May 14th.  

For more on Kripa's and other Dartmouth students' work in Nepal see this recent Dartmouth Now article.
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I've been in Kathmandu the last few days. I was on the Geography FSP in Prague when the first quake hit and came home a week after to help in any way I could.

In my first week here I went to the headquarters of Dhading and Sindhupalchowk Districts to deliver medical supplies to the District Health Office along with One Heart Worldwide - an organization that Prof. Craig has worked with and I interned with last winter.

Improving Water, Improving Health in Ecuador

by Alex Lopez '15

In Winter 2015, Doug Phipps ’17 spent eight weeks teaching health education at primary and secondary schools in Muisne, Ecuador. Apart from teaching, Doug worked with the organization Water Ecuador to design and carry out a survey on water consumption and perception. Situated on the island of Muisne, Doug had the unique opportunity to immerse himself in a completely new environment and community with the Water Ecuador team, while building upon his existing Spanish language skills and making new friends with the members of his host organization and local community.

"Living in a rural Ecuadorean town without English speaking companions not only made me improve my Spanish,” says Doug, “it enabled me to hear locals' stories and to learn more about myself." 

Water Ecuador aims to improve health in Ecuador through research, water purification kiosks, and education. The organization runs water purification centers in three towns on the coast of Ecuador, where the locals that run the Center purify water, fill 20-liter jugs, and sell them for one dollar.

Dartmouth Mobilizes Resources for Nepal Aid

April 27, 2015  

In an article for Dartmouth Now, Kenneth Bauer, program manager of human development initiatives at the Dickey Center, stressed the importance of working with established humanitarian organizations with a presence in Nepal as a way to help Nepal following a devastating earthquake and ongoing aftershocks. Bauer and others are concerned that relief efforts reach the remote villages cut off from Kathmandu.

“Traveling in Nepal for 26 years now, there has always been this dichotomy between Kathmandu, the capital, and the rest of Nepal,” Bauer says to Dartmouth Now. “One of the things we’re very concerned about and trying to think strategically about is how it’s helpful to get to villages and rural communities, and what does their future look like in terms of rebuilding.”

The community is invited to a 6 p.m. meeting in Silsby Hall, room 317, to continue discussion of how the College community can help with relief efforts in Nepal.

Read the entire Dartmouth Now story. 

 

Liberian YALI Fellow Returns to Campus

The Dickey Center welcomes back to campus Patrice Juah, a recent Liberian Fellow in President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). She will be speaking at a student-only event sponsored by the Dickey Center's student health organization, the Dartmouth Coalition for Global Health, about the Ebola crisis and the anti-stigma campaign she and the Arterial Network, a Pan-African network of artists, activists, and others, recently launched called "Ebola Is Not My Identity."

Juah has a busy schedule this week. She will be meeting with many Dartmouth YALI program partners and with Dartmouth's Emergency Planning Group, which is outlining policies and actions for addressing a response to potential Ebola threats on campus. Juah has been away from Liberia for 26 days and has cleared the monitoring period. In addition, she's being interviewed by the Standpoints student global health magazine and meeting with various faculty.

She also will be giving a talk at FH Clothing in Quechee, VT, on Friday, November 21 at 3pm that is open to the public.

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