Emily Kyte ’17, a geography major and Arabic minor, left her comfort zone far behind to study abroad in Amman, Jordan this past spring semester. With support from Lynk-funding, she has taken on a new challenge this summer and is making a difference in the lives of refugees, working as an intern for Alhadaf, a non-profit in the Hashemite Kingdom that serves marginalized populations through education, training, psychosocial support services, and medical campaigns. So far this summer, she has designed and taught an ELL (English Language Learner) course for Iraqi refugees, worked with logistics and translation at a health clinic, and is helping to open a new community space for refugees. She writes to us from Jordan:
Why is FebruMary, and alumnae participation important to MHC? We asked our youngest alumnae trustees for their two cents:
I remember the impact of my first visit to Mount Holyoke as its stunning campus instantly captivated me. Between running to classes and racing with the deadlines for my papers, I continue to find myself in awe with the beauty that is constantly unfolding at Mount Holyoke College. The physical beauty reminds me of all the amazing opportunities I have been blessed with during my time here.
This past summer, for instance, through the McCulloch Center’s International Internships Program, I had the opportunity to intern in Indonesia for an innovative social enterprise. I was the communications and outreach intern for Kopernik, an NPO dedicated to bringing economic empowerment to remote, poverty-stricken communities by connecting them with simple, life-changing technology. I met the organization’s need for effective marketing for both its philanthropic and entrepreneurial work in Bali by directing fundraising and raising public awareness of their projects. This work provided beneficiaries safe and clean water, kerosene-free lighting and smoke-free biomass stoves that helped communities save for other necessities such as rice and school supplies. By helping raise the organization’s online and public presence, small businesses in Bali were introduced to water filtration systems that reduced their costs and saved energy.