M. Derek Gideon ’12

Major

Comparative Literature

Project Title

Assessing HIV/AIDS & Health Literacy/Access in Rural Villages

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My project in Kenya was twofold: to produce an assessment report for the ­theatre-against-AIDS organization REPACTED in Nakuru, Rift Valley Province, and to ­facilitate the creation of new theatre-against-AIDS troupes in the rural area around ­Isebania Town, Southern Nyanza Province. In Nakuru, I conducted a follow-up to the survey I had implemented the previous year. I then used that data to produce a ­report examining the organization’s impact in the community and outlining ­opportunities for future outreaches. In Isebania, I helped two new theatre-against-AIDS troupes to ­assess their performances and produce their first organization profiles and grant ­proposals. From this experience, I gained valuable insight into the process of creating a sustainable community organization as well as into the ways in which the arts can play a crucial role in solving community problems. The latter insight will be central to my independent work and future graduate study in oral poetry.



Internship Year

2011

Project Category

Health

Organization(s)

REPACTED, Kenya