Elizabeth Daube is a writer and editor with diverse experience in journalism, health/human services research and program management. After she earned a Master of Social Work from Boston University in 2011, the USAID Global Health Fellows Program paired her with The AIDS Support Organization in Uganda, where she worked on initiatives to address gender-based violence. She is currently finishing her Master of Public Health at BU and working for the BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, where she oversees communications/marketing and manages a variety of health education programs. In her free time, she volunteers with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, training groups on sexual violence prevention and response. When she’s not doing that, you can probably find her wandering, reading, baking or dabbling in yoga and Krav Maga. She hails from Gainesville, Florida.
Beatrice Anyango Orwako was born and raised in Kenya. In her academic life, she went to Nyambiro primary school and later joined St.Francis Rang’ala Girls High school. Currently she is studying at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, formerly known as Bondo University College as a fourth-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Education Arts with IT, majoring in the teaching of Kiswahili and Religion. Her hobbies are making friends, doing community work, watching movies, listening to music and travelling.
Laura Hanson is finishing a Masters in Public Heath this spring, with a concentration in International Health/Health Program Management. After taking a radio class last year, Laura became more interested in radio, film and photo journalism. Laura is from Missoula, Montana and likes to dance, hike, and hunt for hot springs. Laura traveled to Kenya in 2010 with a university chapter of Engineers Without Borders, which works with primary schools in Western province to implement clean water and improved sanitation projects. More recently, Laura worked with Mister Sister, a mobile clinic service in Namibia and is working with them to produce a short promotional film for the service.
Calvin John Ouma is a fourth-year student of History and Religion in the School of Education at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology. He was born on June 15, 1988 in Oyugis, Kenya.
Lindsay Hamsik is a graduate student at Boston University College of Arts and Sciences. She is from Olympia, Washington. Lindsay has been a freelance journalist and writer for 6 years. She is fluent in Spanish and has lived in Mexico. Lindsay has an ongoing interest in civil society and governance in Africa and is particularly passionate about innovations for sustainable livelihoods. She worked closely with the NGO Mercy Corps in Indonesia to assess the barriers to the diffusion of clean production technology for informal food producers in urban Jakarta. Lindsay has also worked as a communications specialist for Project Hope aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy during one of the U.S. Navy’s partnership humanitarian assistance missions to Southeast Asia.
Vincent Kipkorir Too was born on January 11, 1992 in Kericho, Kenya. He is the seventh-born child in a family of eight. He went to Rongai Agricultural and Technical High school for his secondary level education. Currently, he is a finalist student of Education Arts with IT, majoring in Kiswahili and Religion at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology. His hobbies are traveling, reading novels and watching movies. He plays netball and participates in athletics. He is social and jovial and was voted PamojaTogether’s best dancer.
Jessica Wiley is a graduate student at Boston University School of Public Health, concentrating in Maternal & Child Health. She has been a passionate photographer since High School and studied photojournalism at Syracuse University, where she received her B.S. in Public Relations. Before pursuing her MPH at BU, Jessica worked as a counselor and mentor at a residential treatment center for adolescent girls. She has also spent time in Belize as a community health volunteer where she worked at a traveling Diabetes testing clinic and taught sexual education/life-skills classes to local High School students. Jessica is currently a research fellow with the Department of Maternal and Child Health at BU. Her public health interests include youth development, sexual violence prevention and community-based health. She is originally from Concord, Massachusetts.
Faith Chelagat Chesire comes from Kitale town in Trans Nzoia East District in Rift Valley province. She is an undergraduate student in community health and development majoring in health systems management and awaiting graduation in June 2013. Currently, she is attached in the field in Western province in rolling out the Community Health Strategy (a Ministry of Health program on community empowerment on health advocacy) Her interest is working with the communities in establishing structures that work towards achieving health and development.
Fiona Atieno Otieno is a fourth-year student at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology taking a degree in Bachelor of Special Needs Education with IT. She was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya but currently resides in Bondo where she attends university. She loves children and hopes to open a home in the future to help vulnerable children and orphans like herself. Her hobbies include watching movies, listening to music, reading novels, making new friends, and visiting new places.
Jim Dandee is a graduate student at Boston University College of Communication. He is from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jim started photography young with a 110 camera and eventually graduated to a video camera in high school. He got his Bachelor’s degree in film studies and worked for a video rental store for six years. He is currently finishing his last semester in graduate school and is in pre-production for his thesis film, The David Blaine.
Kasha Patel is currently pursuing her Masters in Science Journalism at Boston University. She was born and raised in Fairmont, West Virginia. She graduated pre-med from Wake Forest University, majoring in chemistry (with a concentration in biochemistry) and minoring in journalism and biology. She often writes about healthcare, nutrition, and the intersection of science and the arts. She has traveled to six of the seven continents. In her travels, she has volunteered at local health facilities, studied biochemistry, ecology, and sustainability efforts, and performed classical Kuchipudi Indian dance.
Lawrence Nyanya Otieno is a final year student at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, taking a course leading to the attainment of a Bachelors degree in Education Arts, majoring in History and Religion. He has worked with NET (Nyanza Evangelistic Team) and KSCF (Kenya Secondary Christian Unions) which are faith-based organizations. Currently, he is volunteering with AFIAPLUS, JOOUST Chapter as a peer Educator. He is a very dynamic individual, determined and committed youth with a great zeal for community development.
Miluka Gunaratna is a graduate student at Boston University School of Public Health. She is from Sri Lanka and came to the United States to pursue her Bachelors degree in Biology. Throughout her years in college she demonstrated leadership, was actively engaged in educating the campus and community on issues of social injustice and helped build cross cultural awareness among the student body. She also has scientific research experience having spent summers in institutions such as Vanderbilt University and the Mayo Clinic. After obtaining her Bachelors degree she was hired as the first ever employee by Knudra Transgenics, a start-up biotech company based in Salt Lake City. Miluka’s passion lies in working with populations displaced through conflict. She hopes to utilize the skills from her Masters in Public Health degree to serve the war torn communities in her country and around the world.
Teresiah Nyambura is a fourth-year, pioneer student at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology. In the school of Education, she specializes in Education Arts, majoring in English and Literature, with I.T. She was born, brought up, and educated up to secondary school level in Nakuru county, capital of the Rift Valley. She travelled to Bondo in Siaya county in September 2010, and started her undergraduate Bachelors degree. In January 2013 she traveled to Mumias, Bungoma county to undertake her teaching practice at Saint Martha’s Mwitoti High School. She has served as the Bondo University Christian Union Secretary for two years.
Algah Adhiambo Balla was born on February 18, 1982. She is an undergraduate student at Great Lakes University of Kisumu. Her background is in community health and development. She likes hiking, bird watching, and listening to music.
Jafred Mwangi is currently an undergraduate in a program leading to Bachelors degree in Clinical Medicine, Surgery and Community Health (BCMSCH) at Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK). For the last 3 years he has been involved in community health and development researches within the larger Western region, Nyanza province in Kenya. He has previously worked as a Research Supervisor for Consortium for Health Policy and System Analysis in Africa (CHEPSAA Project). He has also worked as an undergraduate research assistant for Population Council Kenya and for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA-Kisumu). Currently he is the Chairperson, Clinical Medicine Association of Great Lakes University of Kisumu (CMAG).
Jeremy Hartman got very familiar with a variety of medical facilities in Kenya, not as a reporter but as a consumer. We are glad he is home now, healthy and happy. Jeremy graduated with degrees in both Film and Economics from Boston University in May 2013. He is from Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Akumu Evans Nyaoro is currently a student working toward his Bachelors degree at the Great Lakes University of Kisumu pursuing community health and development. He has involved himself in a variety of community outreach and research projects and derives pleasure in being the change he wishes to see. He is the current GLUK Student President and the Programs Officer of the Environmental Club, and a player and the organizing secretary for the local rugby club – Kisumu Rugby Football Club.