At King Letsie III's birthday celebrations.
Lesotho, Africa - Dornsife Global Health Scholar
A Summer in the Highest Country in the World
"Over the summer of 2017, I ventured to Lesotho, a small landlocked country in Southern Africa as a Dornsife Global Development Scholar. My focus was to understand the impact of the devastating 2015-2016 El Nino drought on the Basotho people, in the hope of preventing such a tragedy in the future.
"Soon after landing I arrived at what would be my home for the next two months: Morija, also a town of great historical and religious significance to the Basotho people. The next day I visited the district World Vision NGO office and began working soon after.
"As a quantitative portion of the project, we investigated changes in disease burden during the drought period by surveying regional clinics. These clinics spanned the two districts of Maseru and Mafeteng. The second component of our research was qualitative; we interviewed community members including village chiefs and household members in an effort to recognize trends in behavior change and put our data into context. Our findings culminated in a series of recommendations that were presented to key government line ministries, fellow NGO partners, and other stakeholders.
"Overall, the experience was truly rewarding. The opportunity to meet with people of different beliefs, customs, and culture and contribute to their quality of life while at the same time learning so much from their perspective is second to none."
Interviewing the members of a village with the help of a translator.
I had the opportunity to become proficient on the Basotho pony.
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