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Kenya Study Abroad Program

In this short-term program, undergraduate students from all disciplines studied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the Cultural Ecology of Food with the Greenbelt Movement (GBM), a grassroots non-governmental organization founded by Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai. Her renowned organization focuses on providing income and sustenance to millions through planting trees and restoring the environment. GBM has planted over 40 million trees, and has conducted several large-scale campaigns informing Kenyans about women's rights, civic empowerment, and the environment.

Classroom activities on campus prior to travel introduced students to the course's topics. While in Kenya, students and GBM members worked on community projects such as tree planting, food security, and sustainable agriculture. In addition, travels and excursions introduced students to the diversity of Kenyan society, culture, and environment.

The program was led by Dr. Patrick McHaffie, Associate Professor of Geography at DePaul, and by Dr. Howard Rosing, Director of the Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Learning at DePaul. The program ran again in 2010 led by Dr. McHaffie and Dr. Lisa Pecot-Hebert from the College of Communication

 For more information on the Kenya Study Abroad Program please visit the following links:

Kenya Study Abroad Program
DePaul University Study Abroad Program

View video footage of our December 2009 trip: