Our Work

WISER Community Programs Impact Evaluation: clean water, sexual and reproductive health, and mental health in adolescent girls.

Locations

Muhuru Bay, Migori County, Kenya

Date

June 02, 2019 - August 01, 2019

Project Objectives

WISER NGO Research and Evaluation: water, sexual health, mental health and wellbeing
(open only to returning to WISER)

WISER empowers girls in rural Kenya to overcome poverty, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence through education and health. Our flagship program, the WISER Girls secondary boarding school, provides all of the tools and resources girls need to be successful and healthy including clean water, nutritious meals, school supplies, essential medicines, and sanitary pads. We supplement this healthy environment with leadership training, psychosocial support, sexual and reproductive health education, and hands-on STEM opportunities. Since 2007, WISER has evolved into a regional hub for academic excellence and community outreach and has transformed the lives of over 2,500 girls while providing clean water and health education to 5,000 community members. Our holistic approach has led to unprecedented impact - in a region where only 7% of girls finish secondary school, 100% of our students have graduated, 90% have gone on to college, and there has been a more than 500% increase in the number of youth participating in sexual and reproductive health training in the area.
In 2018 WISER will complete the next phase of its community clean water system, now serving 15,000. By the summer of 2019 the community will have had access for 6 months and we will need to evaluate the degree of uptake, the geographic range of impact, and the impact on reduction of diarrheal diseases and improvements in health. SRT students may also join the ongoing analysis of the impact of our community sexual and reproductive health education programs. Another project might include building on preliminary data showing different mental health outcomes from girls who attend WISER and academically matched girls who attend other schools.

Project Opportunities

• In 2018 WISER will complete the next phase of its community clean water system, now serving 15,000. By the summer of 2019 the community will have had access for 6 months and we will need to evaluate the degree of uptake, the geographic range of impact, and the impact on reduction of diarrheal diseases and improvements in health.
• SRT students may also join the ongoing analysis of the impact of our community sexual and reproductive health education programs on knowledge acquisition and changes skills and likely behavior.
• Another project might include building on preliminary data showing different mental health outcomes from girls who attend WISER and academically matched girls who attend other schools.

Project Application Process

This opportunity is open only to students who have previously worked at WISER. Please include information about your previous work at WISER in your application responses. Students must fill out and submit a project application, CV and recent transcript to GH-Education@duke.edu by October 2, 2018. Students may apply to no more than two project opportunities and a separate application must be completed for each SRT project site. The scheduled interviews for this project location will take place during the week of October 22. Any questions regarding the application, interview dates or general project information should be directed to Lysa MacKeen.

Project Selection Criteria

Prior work in Kenya through WISER

Project Application Deadline

10-02-2018

Project Placements Available

2-4

Project Status

Available

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