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The guiDE program provides DukeEngage alumni a pathway to continue their commitment to service and civic engagement by providing leadership, mentorship and service opportunities that support wider DukeEngage efforts on campus and beyond.


DukeEngage Partner Organization: Foundation for Sustainable Development

Major: Neuroscience

Contact Sarah:

Sarah is a junior majoring in neuroscience and minoring in global health and chemistry from Massachusetts. She interned with the Foundation for Sustainable Development with DukeEngage Kenya-Kakamega. In Kakamega, she worked at the Divine Providence Children’s Home and School working to improve the reading culture in the school. After creating a work plan and budget under the guidance of FSD, she helped implement a reading program and redesign the library in the institution. On campus continuing the project theme of education, she is involved in Future Is Now, a mentoring program for 4th-6th graders from Durham. She is also involved in Collegiate Athlete Premedical Experience (CAPE), teaches a house course on Neglected Tropical Diseases, and volunteers at the VA in Durham.

Resource Guide for DukeEngage Kenya

Following her summer working with the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Kenya, Sarah developed the following list of resources for students who are interested in that program — or similar programs.

Kiswahili is offered at UNC and available to Duke students upon request
I got a Kiswahili-english dictionary before I left and looked through it. I also watched youtube videos of elementary Kiswahili before leaving.
At on-site orientation in Kakamega you will go through 12 hours of Kiswhaili instruction during the first week.
The Duke International House has a language partners program as well.

  • Global Health Film Festival Week (last year it happened in March)
  • Duke Global Health Institute has events throughout the year
  • “Financing Sustainable Development: A Universal Responsibility”-October 4, 2016


Africa Doesn’t Matter: How the west has failed the poorest continent and what we can do about it. I read this book while in Kenya. It talks about the pitfalls of aid and how to avoid them and fit with FSD’s philosophy of sustainable development. It gave great history/context of why this philosophy exists.

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty




  • Poverty, Inc. : Documentary about aid and its pitfalls
  • Kibera Kid
  • Kenya Citizen
  • TV Youtube channel

“The Danger of a Single Story” –Chimamanda Adichie  (TED talk)

NPR Goats and Soda Blog has many relevant blog posts related to development and global health

  • DukeAfrica
  • Africa Conversations Club
  • GlobeMed at Duke
  • Duke Engineers for International Development
  • Duke Center for International Development (DCID)
  • Duke Africa Initiative
  • Duke Department of International Comparative Studies
  • The Palace International- Serves Kenyan Cuisine (such as Ugali!)
  • Church World Service- An organization in Durham that helps refugees integrate into life in the triangle area.