2012 Class update
[These two messages, first by 2012 Mentor Dr. Marin Kamela and the second by Annie Huth, '12, the inaugural Periclan Fellow at CRHP, were a Class email I thought necessary to share with the entire Periclean family. Dr. Kamela is spending a full year sabbatical in India at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) the main partner of the Class of 2012.]
I hope all of you are doing well and are not too bogged down with the
chilly winter this year. Jamkhed is switching into the summer, with warmer
days occasionally more frequent. It’s a bit windy and dry and dusty, and
it will probably stay that way until June/July when the rains hopefully
In this update you can read about: 1) Elon Fellow 2) Periclean Foundation
3) CRS-NGO Summit III 4) Science Center.
1. Exciting news: Cameron Hawkins has accepted the offer to be the
2014-2015 Elon Fellow at CRHP. Cameron is a Biology Major. She had spent
time in Honduras on global medical, dental, and public health brigades,
she has undergraduate research experience in Biology and in Religion, and,
she had spent a semester in India. Cameron’s email is email@example.com so
you may want to send her a congratulatory note!
2. Another piece of good news is that the Periclean Foundation has a
paypal account. This will make on-line donations easy, and you can set up
a regular monthly donation as well. I would like to challenge all of you
to join me in setting up a recurring monthly donation. $50/person/month
would cover the full cost of the fellowship if everyone in class is able
to chip in. I realize you’re starting out after college, and/or are
continuing your studies, so if you can afford $50/month that will be
great, but if you can’t, any contribution will be very much appreciated
Here’s the link to the PayPal account:
The Foundation will generate tax receipts for you.
3. CRHP-STAPI-ELON are partnering up again to run a CRS-NGO conference in
late June 2014. This time we are back in Pune, and the focus is support of
NGOs working with disadvantaged youth. Under this umbrella we hope to gain
support for rural youth in programs like the adolescent girls/boys
programs and the science center. STAPI has interest in promoting orphaned
youth, and children of migrant workers. We had a preliminary meeting and
are working on the timeline and division of responsibilities. One CRHP
intern with conference organizing experience will be focusing on this
conference. I am also hoping to invite two Elon summer interns to help
with conference-related tasks. So if you know current Elon students who
may be interested please ask them to contact me.
4. The CRHP Science Center project is going well. We had visits from over
2000 students already, organized two workshops for teachers, one Science
and Arts fair in Jamkhed, and are planning summer short-courses for High
School students. It’s been quite fun to establish the center and now I am
focusing on setting up a transition to permanent staff who will run it
after I leave.
So that’s it for now. Hope you enjoy the updates and I look forward to
hearing from you! With best wishes, always,
Thanks so much for the update Martin!