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About karibusauri

We are Masters in Development Practice (MDP) candidates at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs. This summer we will be working at the Millennium Village Project (MVP) in Sauri, Kenya doing rotations in agriculture, business development, health, infrastructure, environment, community development and education. Click the links below for more information about:

Relocation Brings Opportunities to Participate in a Historical Event in Kenya

By Jaclyn Carlsen On Monday, the Masters in Development Practice interns at the Millennium Village Project in Sauri, Kenya were relocated to Nairobi as a precaution for the constitutional referendum taking place August 4. Although this put a damper on our … Continue reading

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Mapping Peace, Protests, and Violence in Kenya

By Jaclyn Carlsen You may have heard that on Wednesday, August 4, a historic event will be taking place: a referendum deciding the acceptance or rejection of a new constitution for Kenya. The Green side (aka ‘Yes camp’) is headed … Continue reading

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My Day with a Community Health Worker

By Jaclyn Carlsen The other week I walked the footpaths of Nyaminia to visit households with Richard*, a Community Health Worker (CHW). Going around with a CHW was eye-opening. It’s one thing to read about nutrition screenings and the use … Continue reading

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I met Hilary Clinton this week!

By Denise Lee Also posted at http://www.summerinsauri.wordpress.com No, not that Hilary Clinton, the one I met was a little boy (yes a boy) living in Nyamninia sub-location in the Sauri Millennium Village Cluster.  I met him during a house visit with … Continue reading

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Reflections from Health Week

By Denise Lee Last week I was walked out of the MVP office convinced that agriculture was the foundation of all other sectors, and that surely food security must come before any other interventions. However, this week a member of … Continue reading

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A leisurely day on the Nile

By Denise Lee I am a big fan of white water rafting!  After graduating from high school my big trip was to go rafting with a few friend in West Virginia, I’ve gone on several rafting trips in the Adirondacks … Continue reading

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I got myself a case of “AnalPar”

By Stephanie P. Ruiz Jaclyn turns to me and says “you’re looking particularly analpar today.” “Excuse me”, I say. “I mean you look like you got a bad case of Analysis Paralysis.” “Yes, Jax, I guess you’re right. I’m a … Continue reading

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Sustainable Interventions Require Community-Led Organizations

    By Jaclyn Carlsen Also published at http://www.jaclyncarlsen.com This week I was attached to the agricultural team and attended a site exploration for irrigation training, honey processing field trip, cooperative community sensitization meeting, irrigation pre-training meeting and an internal … Continue reading

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Busia: A Weekend in a Border Town

By Jaclyn Carlsen We spent the weekend in Busia, where Stephanie used to live, and met up with some folks from Innovations for Poverty Action/Poverty Action Lab (IPA/JPAL), where she used to work. Busia is the essence of a border … Continue reading

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Jung’s 1st week in the field-Infrastructure

This week, my field orientation sector was infrastructure including road, electricity, water, sanitation, and facility construction. However, I could only join the sector partly because facilitators for road and electricity were out of town. Therefore, I tried to focus on … Continue reading

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