David Watterson and Flat Stanley toured the Great Pyramids yesterday in Giza, Egypt! They leave for Kenya tonight!
Today, Flat Stanley took me to see the pyramids and the sphinx in Giza, Egypt. Visibility was low in the morning because of some rain, but at the end of the day the skies cleared and everything turned out fine. Flat Stanley…what would I do without you! Thanks man.
– P. Banks
I just wanted to say THANK YOU to Flay Stanley for showing me a great time today (March 26, 2009) at the Egyptian museum in Cairo!
Post by: David Watterson
Location: New York City, NY
Flat is packed and ready to fly tomorrow! He’ll be boarding a 6:30pm plane in New York City’s JFK International Airport. 11 hours and 5,000 hours later he will be in Cairo, Egypt! After three days there, he’ll be headed to Kenya for the summer.
He’s proud to be sporting the green, black, and red of Kenya’s flag, as well as the yellow of the logo of the organization he will be working with this summer: Kijana Educational Empowerment Initiative. The “Kijana” across his chest is not only the name of the organization he’ll be working with, but also the Swahili word for Youth. In many ways, Youth not just a time of life, but a way and quality of life – the place where creativity, imagination, idealism, and fun comes from. The world needs more Youth, and Kenya needs more Kijana.
Stay tuned for more….
The Flat Stanley Travels blog has been passed down to the Clinton School’s class of 2011, which has recently embarked on their summer International Public Service projects! Just like last summer, the students are all over the globe, and traveling alongside them is Flat Stanley! Join us in the coming months as we see the world with Flat Stanley.
To learn more about the Class of 2011’s projects, see the press release below! Flat Stanley updates coming soon….
Students Completing International Field Projects
Thirty-seven graduate students will travel across the world this summer to complete public service projects as part of the Clinton School’s curriculum.
The students will visit 25 countries on six continents and partner with government, non-government and nonprofit organizations on International Public Service Projects (IPSP) in areas such as corporate responsibility, environmental conservation, public health, education, poverty reduction and economic development.
The fifth class to go through the Clinton School’s unique Master of Public Service (MPS) degree program, the students will travel to 13 new countries never before visited by Clinton School students. Those locations include Dominica, England, Ethiopia, France, Haiti, Indonesia, Israel, Panama, Peru, Pakistan, Palestine, Sierra Leone and St. Lucia.
With the addition of these locations, Clinton School students will have traveled to 47 countries to complete projects since the school opened in 2005.
“It’s exciting to see our students take the skills they learn here at the Clinton School and implement them into projects across the world,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. “We pride ourselves on educating our students through hands-on work, and these projects will be valuable to both the students and the organizations they’ll be working with.”
The IPSP is one of three, for-credit public service projects students complete in the two-year MPS program. They also perform group (Practicum) projects in Arkansas communities and final (Capstone) projects that culminate their Clinton School degree.
The students work with faculty members to identify, plan and implement their projects. They are expected to engage in a project that builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the first two semesters of classroom work at the school.
Project locations and host organizations are vetted and approved by Clinton School faculty. Students and faculty will remain in constant contact throughout the summer.
While most students leave the country for their international projects, traveling abroad is voluntary. Students may also choose to work for international organizations in Arkansas or in other parts of the country.
The students’ international project plans include:
Patrick Banks – Kijana Educational Empowerment Initiative (Essaba Village, Kenya) – Banks will perform a needs assessment of science resources and skill levels at several Western Kenyan schools and use the information to design a science curriculum that is better-aligned to country and international science standards.
Cory Biggs – Rwanda Judiciary (Kigali, Rwanda) – Biggs, a concurrent MPS/JD student with the UALR law school, will work to lessen government corruption in Rwanda by researching and determining ways to reduce the impact of misconduct or negligence of official duties among public servants.
LaTrenia Byrd – InnoCSR (Shanghai, China) – Byrd will develop a corporate social responsibility (CSR) factsheet for Bayer China, a multinational health care, crop science and material science corporation. Byrd will work with InnoCSR, a consulting firm that specializes in the innovation of sustainable CSR practices.
Kimberly Caldwell – West Coast Community Foundation; Community Development Foundation Western Cape (Western Cape, South Africa) – Caldwell will work to identify ways for two Western Cape community foundations to collaborate. She will help create a shared fund from which the foundations can offer joints grants and present her plans to the organizations for implementation.
Ratnasari Dewi – The Nature Conservancy (San Antonio, Texas; Jakarta, Indonesia) – Dewi will work with Human Resource Department of the conservancy, an international conservation organization, to redesign an orientation program for new employees, especially those who work in the Asia Pacific and North Asia regions.
Elrina Frost – Volunteer and Service Enquiry Southern Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa) – Frost will work with VOSESA to examine the impact that international voluntary service learning programs have on the volunteers involved as well as on the communities and organizations that host these volunteers in Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya.
Gralon Johnson – Glad Star Ministries, Inc. (Accra, Ghana) – Johnson will work with his partner organization, which works to reduce the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ghana, to create a more efficient, accessible and user-friendly client information database in its Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) program.
Valerie Hendrix – Bureau of Gender and Community Affairs (Roseau, Dominica) – Hendrix will work to promote a new gender equality policy on the Caribbean island of Dominica through a series of town hall forums. She will work with officials there to create a more gender society.
Ben Kaufman – TOMS Shoes (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) – Kaufman will work with TOMS Shoes, a company that gives a pair of shoes away to those in need for every pair purchased, to create a distribution plan to provide shoes in Ethiopia to children at risk of contracting a skin infection caused by exposure to irritant soil.
Mircha King – Labor Law Service Center (Shanghai, China) – King, a concurrent MPS/JD student with the UALR law school, will work with the center, the only organization that works to defend labor rights of the 4 million rural migrant workers in Shanghai, to create the capacity to become an independent, self-sustaining NGO.
William Jeter – Arkansas Agriculture Department (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) – Jeter will work with the department to develop a Haitian agricultural capacities assessment aimed at realigning the country’s struggling agriculture sector to help stimulate a prosperous agriculture economy.
Lindsey Johnson – Bo Hua Heart Hospital (Jilin City, China) – Johnson will work with staff and administration to develop strategies for public health education at a small, private hospital in northeast China that specializes in surgical procedures and seeks to ensure access for disadvantaged and minority populations.
Sarah Leer – PCI Media Impact (Castries, St. Lucia) – Leer will work to educate youth and children by developing school networks, both among the schools in St. Lucia and those on the other nine Eastern Caribbean islands. She will partner with Media Impact, which works to improve health, human rights and social advancement through creative use of media.
Mark Lienhart – The Mossy Foot Treatment and Prevention Association (MFTPA) (Addis Ababa and Sodo, Ethiopia) – Lienhart will collect information from MFTPA’s program for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for Podoconiosis (Mossy Foot) patients in southern Ethiopia. The information will be compiled into a guide to be distributed to other interested partners throughout Ethiopia.
Jack Lofton – Arkansas Economic Development Commission – Film Commission (Little Rock, Italy, England and France) – Lofton will refine and update Arkansas’s production and location databases to utilize as tools to recruit international film productions to the state. He will meet with key film production companies throughout Europe during a two-week education and recruitment tour.
Mahmoud Mahmoud – Palestinian News Network (PNN)/Holy Land Trust (Ramallah, Palestine) – Mahmoud will assess PNN’s current standing in the field of independent media in the Arab world and work with PNN’s English language department to develop a program to facilitate volunteers and unpaid interns to work for the network.
Heather Malveaux – The Soul City Institute for Health & Development Communication (Johannesburg, South Africa) – Malveaux will work with one of the world’s top social and behavioral change programs to evaluate the process and impact of community dialogues surrounding the OneLove campaign, which aims to get men and women in Southern Africa thinking and talking about their sexual behavior in a time of HIV and AIDS.
Julie Meyer – African Prisons Project (Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda) – Meyer will conduct a resource analysis and needs assessment to help efforts to expand the African Prisons Project from its base in Uganda to Kenya and Sierra Leone. The project works to address both the lack of infrastructure and resources in prisons by building educational, health and recreational centers.
David Monteith – Shatil (Be’er Sheva, Israel) – Monteith will provide English-language services and teaching expertise to the regional offices of Shatil, which promotes social change and a healthy democracy in Israel by enhancing the efforts of existing non-profit agencies. He will also work to improve the advocacy efforts of local organizations supported by Shatil.
Adam Moreland – Nyaka School (Nyakishenyi village, Rukingiri District, Uganda) – Moreland will help develop a construction program to improve the living conditions of children at the Nyaka School, which provides free education and extracurricular activities to children who have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Rebecca Morrison – The Brotherhood of St. Laurence; HIPPY Australia (Melbourne, Australia) – Morrison will research evaluation processes at other HIPPY organizations across the world to find a program evaluation approach for HIPPY Australia, which works with families to prepare children for school and increase literacy rates.
Jeerawat Na Thalang – Rural Education and Development (READ) Global (Kathmandu, Nepal) – Jeerawat will help determine appropriate curriculum and content for literacy development training programs and organize training courses and evaluation processes for READ Nepal, an organization that empowers rural communities through education programs.
Ivanley Noisette – Bridge2Rwanda (Kigali, Rwanda) – Noisette will work with the Rwandan Ministry of Education and the Rwandan embassy to study the sustainability of the Bridge2Rwanda presidential scholars program and provide recommendations for the long-term success of the Rwandan higher-education model.
Erin O’Leary – Indicorps (Ahmedabad, India) – O’Leary will work with Indicorps, an Indian service organization modeled after AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps, to create written guides for the program and its fellows to assist in conducting successful service projects and initiatives with the communities in which they serve.
Ryan Olson – Gay Kenya of the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (Nairobi, Kenya) – Olson will develop human rights trainings surrounding the Yogyakarta Principles, which apply international human rights law to sexual orientation. Olson’s work will help his host organization advance the human rights of sexual and gender minorities throughout Kenya.
Nathanial Owen – Nyaka AIDS Foundation (Nyakishenyi, Uganda) – Owen will work to develop a fair-trade system to enable women in rural Uganda to sell their handmade goods in the United States for the foundation, which empowers communities impacted by HIV/AIDS through development programs.
Chanley Painter – Bridge2Rwanda (Kigali, Rwanda) – Painter will help complete an in-depth study including research and recommendations addressing how Rwanda can better prepare its best and brightest scholars to become competitive on exam scores and earn educational scholarships to American universities.
Kate Raum – Asylum Access (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) – Raum will help locate urban refugees and identify their legal protection needs for her the Tanzania office of Asylum Access, which works across the world to provide legal information, representation, advice and advocacy to refugees in their first country of refuge.
Sophia Said – Development Action for Mobilization and Emancipation (DAMEN) (Lahore, Pakistan) – Said will conduct a study to gauge the impact of DAMEN’s microfinance program on the social and economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs. She will also explore new strategies to improve the program and make recommendations based on her research.
Latif Salem – United Nations Development Program (UNDP) (New York, N.Y.) – Salem will assist UNDP in designing poverty reduction and economic growth projects; provide input to project documents, policy notes and issue briefs; and assist in conducting research on good practices and comparative experiences from UNDP country offices.
Debbie Sellnow – Children of Azuero (NIDA) (Las Minas, Panama) – Sellnow will work with her partner organization, a nonprofit dedicated promoting community health and empowering women, to educate Panamanian sex workers about the about the signs and preventions for sexually transmitted diseases.
Hallie Shoffner – PROMSEX (Lima, Peru) – Shoffner will develop a fundraising strategy and donor database for PROMSEX, a nonprofit that works to promote gender equality, empower women and eliminate gender-based discrimination and violence.
Anna Strong – The Comprehensive Rural Health Project (Jamkhed, Maharashtra, India) – Strong will work to grow organizational capacity and community impact for her host organization, which mobilizes communities to build capacity through grassroots movements to improve access to healthcare and freedom from poverty, hunger and violence.
Rebecca Swearingen – twocities art gallery (Shanghai, China) – Swearingen will work her host organization to collaborate with local art galleries, businesses, charities, and community members to build a plan for a community art event with the goal of fostering community between local galleries and business.
David Watterson – Kijana Educational Empowerment Initiative (Bunyore, Kenya) – Watterson work with his host, an educational nonprofit, to develop a comprehensive plan for a new Model UN program to engage Kenyan and American secondary students in cross-cultural dialogue surrounding issues of global importance.
Judy Watts – PCI-Media Impact (Castries, St. Lucia) – Watts will assist her host organization with a radio project that focuses on climate change in the Eastern Caribbean. She will create a manual for outreach activities and design a measurement and evaluation strategy for the organization, which works to promote human rights through creative media.
Latonya Wilson – Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (Johannesburg, South Africa) – Wilson will work her host organization’s Socio-Economic Rights Program to assist in designing a questionnaire and conducting interviews with civil society and government around the role of constitutional socio-economic rights in policy making.
Post by: Sarah Clark
Location: Villa Tunari, Bolivia
Here are a few more pictures from our trip to the jungle. Watch out for those monkeys!
Location: Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
These pictures are from a giant salt flat in southern Bolivia. The white in the pictures in salt, not snow. The immense flatness of the landscape makes the perspective seem strange and allows these fun pictures.