To what extent did I choose an issue that I genuinely care about? I chose to do poverty impacting health and mortality rates in Sub-Saharan Africa. I chose this topic because it was helping me research for my senior project. My senior project is about what effective healthcare can we implement into rural Sub-Saharan Africa. Due to my recent travels to Africa, I was so fascinated by the culture. Witnessing the health crisis in Africa because of lack of transportation and money. Many children told me that their parents died from AIDS and it made me so sad that most of these kids live without parents to raise them. I care so much about this topic, it is so close to my heart so I decided to choose this topic for my project. What did I learn from this process that will help me with my senior project? (Research skills? Ways of being effective in making an impact? Etc..) I learned many things that I can apply to my senior project. During the research phase I learned many things about how poverty impacts health. In many areas health is the very foundation to everything like getting a job, affording a house, and raising kids. I also dug into how other variables are affected from health and poverty like education. What I found is most kids who are poor drop out of school and get pregnant at a young age. With the lack of medicine and other things it is hard to give birth in those areas causing diseases. Along with learning how to make claims based on evidence instead of assuming things. That skill will help me with my senior project so I know I am solid when it comes to my claims.
What was the most valuable/informative/interesting part of this assignment? The most informative part of this assignment personally for me was the approach analysis. I feel this part of the assignment was when I learned the most. I analyzed the Lwala Community Alliance organization that I have been super passionate about since Ashley showed me the movie Sons of Lwala. I love everything they stand for and how they go about unjust issues. I learned so much on ways someone can approach these issues. What is one thing Ashley could have done to improve this project the most? OR What is one thing YOU could have done to improve your own work? One thing I could have improved is digging deeper into the proposal. By thinking of ways that I can make more of a difference than what I did put for my proposal. I know it is a far reach to make a medical clinic. However I feel like there was something that I could’ve proposed that showed I was digging deep.