Minga Foundation Practicum
Minga Foundation 1823 Westridge Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA
Sector of Work:
Community/Urban Planning; Health Communications; Youth Development, Gender-based programming
Malawi, Africa, Kamuli District, Uganda
The Minga Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that partners with individuals and community-based
organizations in underserved communities to improve socioeconomic conditions and health equity. Through collaborative and respectful partnerships, we build capacity, create and strengthen networks, and provide resources based on locally-identified needs. We envision a world where all communities are empowered to improve their own health and wellbeing.
The Minga Foundation is an organization that supports projects with an international scope including a leadership presence in the St. Louis area and current projects in Brazil, Uganda, and Malawi centered on clean water systems, local economic opportunity, sanitation projects and HIV/AIDS prevention with youth and women. As the Minga Foundation, our primary objective is to identify, collaborate with, and support other newly emerging community organizations with significant potential for transformative work.
Nancholi Youth Organization in Malawi works to prevent HIV/AIDS among youth through recreation and peer leadership.
Lubengoa Women Development Association (LUWODEA) was founded in 2003 by a group of women seeking to improve economic opportunities for HIV positive women in rural Kamuli District of Uganda. LUWODEA’s initial project was a village savings and loan system which has been quite successful in expanding opportunities for women. Now, with support from Minga, LUWODEA hopes to help women expand their economic potential and improve the nutrition of their families by offering training in sustainable, organic vegetable gardening. Implementing a “train the trainer” model, LUWODEA is training women in different villages of the region as agricultural extension workers who will teach sustainable agriculture practices and help community members establish home vegetable gardens. In addition to this project, LUWODEA is initiating a menstrual hygiene management project, giving women the skills to make and sell reusable sanitary pads. Through this project, they hope to empower women economically and improve education outcomes among adolescent girls in 3 sub counties of Nabwigulu, Kitayundwa and Kisozi, Uganda.
Preferred Knowledge and Background:
gender and poverty; M&E, Needs-based Assessments, Evaluation; Participatory Development; Program Management; Health Literacy, Capacity building, project cycle management, group modelling, system dynamics; social entrepreneurship
Students are responsible for flights, housing, potential visa fees, and living expenses. Students are recommended to live in Blanterre, at a cost of approxaimatly $500 per month; An additional $200 should budgeted for in-country transportation. Students are required to purchase purchase WUSTL travel insurance for the duration of their practicum for $40/month.
or preventative medication is recommended and may be required for your program participation. Students are responsible for covering all associated costs. Please refer to the CDC for more information.
Brown School Contact:
Jessica Levy and Global Programs Office
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