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Elevating Ghanaian Living Standards: Delivering Water Access and Cultivate Continuous Education!

Institution: Michigan Technological University
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Why This Project Is Important 

The Pavlis Institute is a component of the Pavlis Honors College which serves to support highly motivated Michigan Tech students as they achieve the highest standards of academic excellence through programs in leadership, innovation, research and service. The Pavlis Institute has been traveling to Ghana for over eight years with various projects across a number of fields. Each team is mentored by the previous team to make sure projects are sustainable, realistic and wanted which creates a culture of constant improvement. We were assigned to Ghana to practice our leadership and project development skills through an intensive and life altering cultural immersion where we hope to make a positive impact across the nation with our projects. We, as a team, discussed various project options and with the idea of making the biggest impact the following projects were selected and developed.

Project Description 

Please feel free to contact any of the Researches if you have any further questions about any of the projects!

Project CURE: Many hospitals in Ghana lack medical equipment or have “medical graveyards” - broken medical equipment. This project will allow us to bring multiple kits of $2000 worth of medical equipment to Ghana to share with local hospitals. Last year, Project CURE helped Pavlis Institute students supply medical equipment to Ghanaian hospitals. With the help from Project CURE, we will be able to purchase $2000 worth of medical equipment for $200. The goal of this project is to purchase enough Project CURE kits to provide hospitals with the medical equipment that they need. As we visit each hospital, we will take note of what medical equipment they need or what type of training they will need to fix broken medical equipment in order to provide the travel team after us with this knowledge to help improve the medical standards.

Women's Health Education: Many girls in Ghana miss school or are forced to use unsanitary methods when faced with their periods each month. Some girls resort to using unsanitary rags or chunks of old mattresses when they reach that time of the month. The focus of this project will be the education on how to create sustainable, reusable and sanitary feminine hygiene products so as many young women as possible can continue going to school each month. For two years the Women’s Health and Education project has been occurring in Ghana with great success in multiple villages. This project occurs by multiple workshops in different communities being put on to teach young women how to create reusable and sustainable tools for menstrual cycles. The goal is to provide enough education so that these communities can continue spreading the word and creating these tools while Pavlis Institute students are away. All communities visited will have invited the team so we will not be “stepping on any toes” culturally speaking. The team has the assistance of the Women of Pearl nonprofit organization who focuses on educational topics such as this in Uganda as well as locals. 

Water Access Project: Access to clean, readily available water is a necessity for us to live. In one of the Ghanaian villages, Babianeha, there is a monopoly on water by a private owner. Right now there is a healthy relationship where the individual lets the rest of the village use their well, but when they leave or decide to not let others use the well there is no access to water in the village. This project is to bring a larger availability to water through the design and building of a well so that all the villagers in Babianeha will have access to clean water whenever they need it, not when the owner dictates.

Raspberry Pi Project: Raspberry Pi's are small portable computers that can be used to teach many things including programming, graphic design, networking and collaborative project work. We plan to bring Raspberry Pi's to the Community Center in Babianeha for use in teaching their children and community more about technology and prepare them for an increasingly technical world.We plan to bring Raspberry Pi's to the village of Babianeha for use in teaching their children and community more about technology and prepare them for an increasingly technical world. The funds raised will go towards acquiring Pi's, memory cards, power bricks, screens, keyboards and mice.

Children’s Health and STEM Education Project: Fun activities on health standards and STEM applications for local village children will provide an interactive learning experience and will demonstrate how important these concepts are. STEM education in Ghana is largely lecture based and not interactive. By providing these children with interactive activities, we plan to inspire a new way of learning that challenges the norm. The team will be leading various educational activities for local village children regarding different health standards and STEM applications. Previous Pavlis Institute teams have found success in interactive activities showing the difference between the use of soap and water as opposed to just water in the removal of germs. Educational visits will also include interest peaking activities around Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics tapping into the team’s technical backgrounds.

Meet the Researchers

Amanda Moya

Amanda Moya is a third year Mechanical Engineering student from Las Vegas, Nevada. Her professional interests include work in energy generation through natural gas and wind power. During her time at Michigan Tech she was able to attend the 2015 Global Grand Challenges Summit in Beijing, China which peaked her interest in the energy industry and led to her industry experience with Consumers Energy.



Summer Oley

Summer Oley is a third year Chemical Engineering student from Monroe, MI. Her professional interests include refining. During the spring of 2016 and 2017, Summer has worked at Marathon Petroleum Company at the Detroit Refinery in the Tech Services department and at the headquarters in Findlay in the Operations research department respectively.



Joshua Geschke

Joshua Geschke is a third year Biomedical Engineering student from Riverview, Michigan. His professional interests include medical device research and development as well as their sales. Last summer, Joshua interned with Meridian Health Plan in their IT Security Department and helped identify opportunities and implement procedures to make Meridian’s IT Security policies more comprehensive.



Dan Knenlein

Daniel Knenlein is a third year Computer Science student from Grand Rapids, Michigan. His professional interests include improving technical support through client studies and technician training. During the summer of 2016, Daniel interned with the Spectrum Health hospital network in their Information Services department.



Questions for the Researcher

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Michael Gregory  February 14, 2017 - 6:59pm
I have a few questions and I am trying to understand how Superior ideas works. Your project describes five tasks you hope to accomplish. If a funder is only interested in funding 2 of the 5 how does one know the money will go towards the tasks they want to fund? When you look at the profiles you see the individual has only been a member for 1, 2, 3 months. What does membership mean? Are the researchers identified the individuals who will go to Ghana to work on these tasks? When will the task be performed? Thank you for your time. I am new at this and trying to learn. Having worked in Asia for a number of years my interest is clean water and medical care. From a marketing standpoint you may want to add some information about how many children under the age of 5 die each year from dysentery, which can usually be prevented by clean water. You can also do a search and ask how much time do woman in a particular country spend gathering water every year. It will astound you. Pick India far an example These marketing tips correctly applied to your info may help you get to your funding level
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Amanda Moya (Researcher)  February 15, 2017 - 9:16am
Hello Michael! Thank you for your interest and speaking out on any confusion. In general, our funding will be used to reach the common goal to complete all projects but if you specifically only want to fund 2 of them you can send an email directly to Superior Ideas and we will make note to direct those funds to those specific projects. Membership means we have created profiles that have been approved through Superior Ideas. My team specifically created profiles when beginning to work on this page as we had no need for funding through Superior Ideas prior to this which is why our membership is purely in the month category. The individuals who will be traveling and completing the projects are the researchers listed. As you can see from our biographies we are all upper level college students who are supported by the Pavlis Honors College who has been sending teams and completing projects in Ghana for 10 years. All of our projects will be completed this summer when the current team travels to Ghana unless insufficient funds are raised which the money would then transfer over to the next year’s team to complete the project. Thank you for the marketing tip! As mentioned above, this is the first page that this team has created and we are open to all marketing advice people can give us! We will certainly consider it and hope it will help us to complete our funding goal. Please feel free to reach out if you have any further questions.
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Michael Gregory  February 14, 2017 - 7:02pm
There is a typo. "far" in the text should be "for" an example. I tried to preview before I hit save but couldn't. Thanks

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What Your Donation Can Help Us Do: 

  • Project CURE: Donations will help to buy the Project CURE kits filled with $2000 worth of medical equipment.
  • Women's Health Education: Donations will help to buy materials and educational models to help with the workshops.
  • Water Access Project: Donations will assist in the method of delivery to provide an additional water source such as a well chosen by the team. All donations budgeted for this specific project will remain with the project until its completion.
  • Raspberry Pi Project: Donations will assist in the method of delivery to provide an additional water source such as a well chosen by the team. All donations budgeted for this specific project will remain with the project until its completion.
  • Children’s Health and STEM Education Project: Donations will assist the team with materials needed for an interactive learning experience for children in various villages.

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Personal Thank You Note.

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Project Update During Travel

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Postcard From Ghana

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Cultural Souvenir From Ghana

Please help our team accomplish sustainable projects to assist in the everyday life of hundreds of Ghanaians! All donations will be used for projects and will not be used for the team's travel expenses. Donations are tax deductible.

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