Health and Education Projects in Ghana: Pavlis Honors College

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Why This Project Is Important 

The Global Leadership Pathway 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 Global Leadership students have 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 will be practicing our leadership and project development skills through an intensive and life altering cultural immersion in Ghana where we hope to make a positive impact across the nation with our projects.

Project Description 

• 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 three 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.

• Children’s 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 STEM applications. Educational visits will also include interest peaking activities around Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics tapping into the team’s technical backgrounds.

• Children’s Public Health Project: Previous Global Leadership teams have found success in interactive activities showing the difference between the use of soap and water as opposed to just water (or not washing hands at all) in the removal of germs. There may also be a few other activities incorporated.

• 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.

• Hospital Equipment Graveyard Revival: Medical supplies were purchased and donated a few years ago. Last year’s team spent time working to “revive” some of the equipment at one of the local hospitals, however, there is still more equipment that was broken, and probably more that has broken, that we would like to try and “revive” during our time in Ghana.

• Affordable Heart Stints: We would work with a local hospital in Ghana to get heart stints that they would be able to use at an affordable price.

Meet the Researchers

Lianne Novak

I am a third year undergraduate student majoring in mathematics, and pursuing minors in Statistics and Leadership (through the Pavlis Honors College). I have been involved in the Huskies Pep Band since my first year, and also do undergraduate research in the math department.

Sonja Welch

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Joshua Undlin

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What Your Donation Can Help Us Do: 

  • Women's Health Education: Donations will help to buy materials and educational models to help with the workshops.
  • STEM Education Project: Donations will assist the team with materials needed for an interactive learning experience for children in various villages.
  • Children’s Public Health Project: Donations will help purchase various supplies including glitter (or similar) to simulate germs.
  • Raspberry Pi Project: The funds raised will go towards acquiring Pi's, memory cards, power bricks, screens, keyboards and mice.
  • Hospital Equipment Graveyard Revival: Donations will help purchase supplies that will be needed to “revive” the equipment in the hospital.
  • Affordable Heart Stints: Donations will help provide a local hospital in Ghana.

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Project Update During Travel (via email)

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Postcard from Ghana

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