KMET Visit to Gettysburg: March 16-April 3

PURPOSE OF THE VISIT: 

Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET) has partnered with the Center for Public Service since 2012 for implementation of the Heston Summer Experience.

This visit aims to build community-engaged learning on campus, improve internationalization efforts, prepare 2014 Heston interns and provide professional development experiences for the delegates.

Delegates will share expertise in classes, participate in co-curricular activities and connect with community organizations. They will also discuss potential research and academic projects with faculty members.

ABOUT KMET:

KMET is an indigenous Kenyan non-governmental organization dedicated to the provision of quality reproductive health and education.

KMET is a leading health care provider that advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights. It also promotes innovative and sustainable health and education programs for underserved communities.

With sixty employees, KMET runs over a dozen clinical, health education, socio-economic and youth empowerment initiatives. Community participation, innovation, gender equity and accountability drive their work.

KMET was founded in 1995 and is located in Kisumu, which lies on the edge of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. READ MORE.

ABOUT THE DELEGATES:

MONICA OGUTTU: 
Monica Oguttu
Monica is the founder and executive director of KMET. Trained as a Registered Nurse/Midwife, she managed a busy Maternity Unit in Nairobi doubling as an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Nursing, Nairobi University for 15 years before founding KMET.

Through her innovative leadership, KMET has expanded access to quality health care services, instituted a Medical Credit Fund, developed microfinance opportunities to sustain community health, and developed countless programs at KMET. 

In addition, Monica consults as a reproductive health specialist in many organizations in Africa. She has won various awards including the prestigious Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger Award in April 2004 and well as the 2013 IPAS Award as one of four Africans fighting for the rights of women to obtain reproductive healthcare.

Monica recently completed her doctorate in Public Health at the University of Central England (UCE) through distance learning.

 

SAM OWOKO:
Sam Owoka
Sam has been the Programs Manager at KMET since 2009.

He has worked in education and community development as a facilitator/consultant since 1990 with Nartrac Development Consultants, Christian Children's Fund, Aga Khan Foundation and Kenyan Red Cross Society. 

Since 2003, Sam has worked extensively in participatory design of public health and community empowerment programs and projects.

Sam has conducted project surveys and has been a co-researcher in a qualitative study on Factors influencing Male Involvement in Reproductive Health and Family Planning. The study was published in the Africa Journal of Reproductive Health in 2010. 

Sam is also a writer of poetry and children’s stories.

AGNES SEWE
Agnes SeweAgnes has been the Volunteer and Intern Coordinator at KMET since 2012. Prior to that, she served KMET as an Administrative Assistant as well as a Field Officer for Micro Finance and SACCO. 

Agnes completed a certificate in Business Management and Administration at the University of Nairobi School of Management. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Project Planning and Management University of Nairobi.

Agnes has served as a homestay host for Gettysburg College students through the Heston Summer Experience for the last two summers.   

 


DETAILS OF THE VISIT:

WELCOME RECEPTION: Join CPS and Globalization Studies for a Welcome Reception on Monday, March 17 from 4-6pm in Weidensall Lobby.

CLASS VISITS:
Delegates will visit classes in the departments of Anthropology,  Africana Studies, Health Sciences, Political Science, Globalization Studies, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Sunderman Conservatory of Music and Education. 

DEVELOPMENT OF FUTURE RESEARCH AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH FACULTY: Each Wednesday (March 19, March 26 and April 2) from 12-1pm in Specialty Alcove, Amy Dailey will lead sessions with faculty members who are interested in brainstorming or developing research or projects that meet KMET needs as well as academic interests. Contact Amy for more information: adailey@gettysburg.edu 

COMMUNITY INITIATIVE VISITS: KMET delegates will also participate in community initiatives and present at community forums to compare and contrast work for health, education and food security development.   


For a detailed schedule or information on how you can connect directly, contact Kim Davidson at kdavidso@gettysburg.edu.


KMET Website
KMET Blog
KMET on Facebook

Executive Director, Monica Oguttu shares the history of KMET below: