Lauren (student) and I with some school children.
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Student: Lou Paulette Din
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Responsibilities

Family planning project: 1) created three individual and three focus group interview templates to assess education, norms, and accessibility for family planning methods, 2) created a family planning brochure to be displayed and distributed at KIHEFO clinics, and 3) Conducted 100 interviews with the materials created during seven community outreaches.

Renovated and established a site for a youth-friendly corner in Kabale, Uganda where needs of youth can be discussed among themselves in groups and be relayed to KIHEFO staff.  The group meetings are facilitated by the staff.

Researching previous projects and articles regarding sex workers and healthcare services to help design a program for KIHEFO.

Greatest Public Health Lesson

The most important lesson I learned is what makes up a community. The people I interacted with during community outreaches and at the KIHEFO clinics were always willing to support my project in every way possible. When I was having a hard time figuring out what questions to ask during my interviews and focus group and when I was not sure what direction it was headed, I also had the support of the KIHEFO team. When I asked individuals to take part in my project, no one said no and they took the time to make sure they answered each question correctly. I also became part of other projects and I think that really shows the trust and support that was built between me and the staff and community.

Favorite Memory

My favorite memory at KIHEFO is also my saddest one. Each time a student leaves, there is a goodbye dinner where staff and other students give speeches. About 20-25 students left before I did and I always was jealous that they got to go home, but when my time came to leave, I did not want to. This experience was truly eye opening and amazing. I got the chance to work on not only my projects, but also projects that KIHEFO was already working on/starting. During the goodbye dinner, everyone was so sad and their speeches really reflected their appreciation on what was accomplished in 10 weeks and the lifetime friendships that were formed as well. They really made me feel at home. I came as a stranger, but left as a family member.

Thank you in the language of your internship country

Wabale for the opportunity!

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