M. Derek Gideon ’12


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Kubadilisha Tabi: Facilitating Positive HIV Behavior Change through Theatre in Nakuru, Kenya

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I interned with REPACTED, a community-based organization in Nakuru, Kenya that uses an innovative form of community theatre called “Magnet Theatre” to facilitate positive behavior change in relation to HIV. I worked as a member of the troupe, an office assistant, and a blogger in order to learn as much as possible about the organization. In this position, I accompanied REPACTED on community theatre outreaches, developed the organization’s blog, and wrote several funding applications and project reports. I also assisted with my professor’s research on the effectiveness of REPACTED’s programs in the informal sector workplace by carrying out surveys throughout the sites where the organization has performed.

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Mahiri Mwita, Lecturer in Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. Bryan T. Grenfell, Director, Health Grand Challenge Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School Kristina M. Graff, Associate