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GROW Team at HDI

 

EMMA LIU ‘19

Hi! I am Xiaoxiang (Emma) Liu, a rising sophomore with a self-designed major in Ethics and Public Policy. My interests in public policy, health development and human rights drove me to participate in the GROW internship with HDI (Health Development Initiative) in Rwanda. Through this experience, I am hoping to learn about the operation of a grassroots NGO, get first-hand information about the project that our chapter has been supporting and working on, and explore Rwandan culture. After the first few days of interacting with locals and people who work for other NGOs in Rwanda, I learned that there are many ways to improve people’s living conditions and even make a difference in their lives. This experience opens my eyes, and shows me various routes to work for my interested cause such as health development and human rights. I am looking forward to enhancing my understanding and broadening my horizon in social work in the next seven weeks!

 

REGINA CORNISH ’17

My name is Regina Cornish, I am a senior at Lawrence University in the United States, but I was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. I study international relations as well as psychology and my interests are focused on developing countries. I interned at the Mexican Mission for the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Labor Organization and the United Nations. I conducted a research investigation in Jamaica based on development and clientelism and I conducted a panoramic landscape study of Latin America on micro-insurance while interning at the MicroInsurance Centre. I really enjoy volunteering and have had the opportunity to attend several operating missions for Operation Smile in Chiapas Mexico. Currently, I am in Kigali, Rwanda interning with a non-profit called the Health Development Initiative. I am excited to learn more about the Rwandan culture and getting involved with the community.

 

BHAVANA SUVARNA ’18

Bitte! (the equivalent of “sup?” in Kinyarwanda)

I’m Bhavana and I’m from Saint Paul, Minnesota. I am a rising junior at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. My two majors, economics and French, easily lend themselves to my passions of social justice, economic development, and language learning! I love to travel and I’m incredibly passionate about the values and goals of sustainable grassroots change that are present through GlobeMed. I am current Co-President of the GlobeMed chapter at my college, and I have been involved since my freshman year. Our GROW team is settling in very well in Kigali, Rwanda, the location of our partner NGO, Health Development Initiative. Our current project is a nutrition initiative for the Community of Potters, a marginalized ethnic community in the village of Masoro. We will be assisting with the construction of sac gardens, the creation of nutrition brochures, and a cooking demonstration for the community. As a French major, it’s wonderful being able to practice the language with fellow francophiles in Rwanda. I’m excited to experience synergies between my loves of economics, French, and social justice while in Rwanda, and learn about the Rwandan culture as well.

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