Final Week

This final week, we as a lab presented to several professors, one from the chemistry, one from the biology, one from the public policy and one from the the Charles center. We discussed the goals of our program as well as everything that we have accomplished this summer. We talked about our three main projects: our literature review, where we’ve compiled a lot of evidence from a pool of scholarly articles, our park prescriptions program, where we coordinate with the healthcare community to encourage outdoor activity, and our greenspace map to promote on campus outdoor activity. After our presentation, I continued to add descriptions to our greenspace map so that students can read about the trails and other outdoor areas on campus.

Crunch Time

I am approaching my last week in Tanzania and we have laid most of the groundwork for implementing the baseline survey and phone distribution! We have laid out the regions in which we will be working: Rufiji and Mukaranga. The phones will be distributed to mobile-less female small-scale farmers who are part of community based organizations with JET (Journalists Environmental Association of Tanzania). We were connected with this organization through Care International, with whom they work to help these women understand their land rights and manage their finances. We are putting the finishing touches on our baseline survey, script, and consent form. The next steps are to screen for mobile phone ownership, administer the baseline survey, and distribute the phones before election season rolls around. Election season could pose a huge problem to phone distribution, as many women may think that they are receiving phones as part of an election campaign (bribery is very common to secure votes during election season).

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