Along with our career-building internships in New York, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C., the Tisch Summer Fellowship program supports independent projects that address pressing social needs around the world:
Clare O’Hare, F16; Emma Rosenberg, F16
This project, created by two Fletcher School students, examines civic engagement levels in historically marginalized Muslim communities in Freiburg, Mulheim, Strasbourg, and Mulhouse on the French-German border. Given the perceived rise of fundamentalism due to social marginalization, this civic engagement demands further study. The research will examine engagement in the political process, through perceptions of party membership, voting turnout, and registration. This project will serve Muslim communities numbering in the tens of thousands and the greater municipalities through a policy memo in French and German, identifying strategies to increase civic engagement and distributed to community leaders.
Aaron Forest, A16; Matthew Walter, A15
The Tufts Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Uganda project has partnered with the village of Shilongo in eastern Uganda for the last five years. Members of the community rely on a central borehole operated by a hand pump for clean water, and often resort to other unclean sources of water due to large wait times at the borehole. EWB has implemented a storage tank with four spigots, and a solar-powered automated pumping system in an attempt to decrease wait times. On the upcoming May trip, the EWB team will be monitoring this system to assure its functionality as well as assess the community’s usage and perception of the project.
Abuzar Royesh, A16
In 2010, Royesh co-founded Bridges Academy, a literacy and leadership training program for at-risk youth in an Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in Kabul. The project aims to provide a counter-narrative to the recruitment tactics of extremist insurgent groups among at-risk youth in Afghanistan. In 2013, the project expanded to work with juvenile rehabilitation centers around Afghanistan. This summer, Bridges Academy will conduct a four-week long leadership training program (Hamdard) for 33 recruited youth from Provincial Juvenile Rehabilitation Centers (JRCs) in Kabul, Khost, and Kandahar provinces. Held in Kabul, the program will offer leadership, martial arts, social media, and cross-cultural training to these at-risk youth. These youth will then become ambassadors of the program to their own rehabilitation centers, thereby expanding the Bridges Academy model.
Nalisha Men, A17
Men’s ongoing project tackles the lack of a national standard for speech therapist training in China that leads to the inadequacy of access to post-surgery care. The project helps to link resources from various professional fields to help children who have had palate revision surgery. During Spring 2014, he researched cleft palate and lip treatment from a community health intervention approach and the project, Shi-wo Shuo, was selected for the Clinton Global Initiative University 2015.
Ina Enatsu, A15; Sarah Andrus, A16
This project aims to evaluate the efficiency, effectiveness, and impact of the sales agent training sessions conducted by a newly established Haitian social enterprise, Kouzin Dlo (“Community Chlorinators”). Specifically, it aims to identify changes in the community sales agents’ sense of community health and business knowledge, attitudes, and practices as a result of these trainings. Given that the sales agents are exclusively women, the project will examine how the Kouzin Dlo empowers its sales agents. Through direct observation, it will also assess whether, and to what extent, the documented objectives of these trainings have been attained in an efficient manner.
Morgan Babbs, A15; James Downer, A15
SolarRoute develops markets in order to alleviate energy poverty among base of the pyramid households. The issue with access to electricity rests not in a lack of solution or affordability, but a lack of distribution and access. Access is difficult and costly because consumers live at the last mile in geographic and economic isolation, with little access to resources, technology, and services to lift themselves out of poverty—including energy poverty. SolarRoute recruits and trains solar sales agents with optimal last mile reach in order to create convenient and consistent point of sales for the consumer. SolarRoute works with agrochemical stores, microbanks, top-up cell credit distributors, and rural kiosks in order to offer sustainable lighting technologies to the two million under-electrified consumers in Nicaragua.
Laura Campbell Hill, M18; Eli Madden, M18
Every summer since the project’s creation, a group of Tufts graduate students is selected to travel to Haiti to carry out research projects, engage the community, and shadow physicians at Hospital Sacre Coeur in the Milot region. The goal each year is to continue the previous year’s projects in an effort to continue to build and strengthen the health infrastructure of the community. This year we will continue ongoing assessment and enhancement of a newly established diabetes clinic, nutritional assessment of hospital based employees and patients, and continuing education and training of community health agents and traditional birth attendants.