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Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011

Peace Corps Volunteer Spotlight: Alexandra Chen

Country of Service: Zambia
Title: Heath Education Volunteer
Time in Country: 2008–Present

Alexandra of Los Angeles, California, served two years in a village working on fish farming and public health projects. She extended her Peace Corps service for a third year to help the marketing department at the University of Zambia's Technology Development and Advisory Unit. Alexandra also supports the university's Research and Consultancy Department. The Yale University graduate is also the appropriate technology resource coordinator for Peace Corps/Zambia and works with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) D-Lab, organizing and establishing appropriate technology resource centers in the country.

Smithsonian FolkLife Festival: Alexandra and others from the Peace Corps/Zambia team will demonstrate appropriate technology projects they are promoting in workshops and resource centers through the country. The focus of these projects is to use village resources to improve the standard of living by providing energy, fighting disease, and ensuring food security. They will demonstrate how to create charcoal with corncobs, hand–washing stations, solar–food dryers, treadle pumps, pedal–powered cellphone chargers and clothes washers, coolers, cookers, smokers, maize hullers, and fuel–efficient stoves.

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