World Learning’s Advancing Leaders Fellowship provides alumni with training, mentoring, and funding to implement an original social innovation project anywhere in the world. The 10 finalists will present their project proposals at World Learning’s Social Innovation Summit on June 5, 2013, and that evening the judges will announce the five fellowship recipients at the Citation Award dinner.
World Learning SIT Study Abroad: Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation and Political Economy (2009)
Maji Safi: Rural Centers of Disease Prevention
Empowering rural women and communities in Tanzania to prevent disease
The Maji Safi Group (MSG) is a disease prevention and health promotion nonprofit that operates through a community health worker model in rural Tanzania. A core belief of MSG is that preventable diseases can be avoided by taking a community-led approach through empowering women and children to promote disease prevention. MSG takes an innovative approach by training and employing local women as Community Water Workers (CWWs) to be hygiene, sanitation, and health promotion ambassadors for the community.
Max’s vision as president of MSG is to expand the network of CWWs from one group of villages to a regional level by establishing Community Resource Centers (CRCs) that tie disease prevention and health promotion education to essential community services. These CRCs will be safe, fun, and creative communal spaces where CWWs can reach out to a greater population and focus on empowering vulnerable populations.
About Max: Max Perel-Slater is a San Francisco Bay Area native and received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies & Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University in 2011. As part of his undergraduate degree, he studied with the World Learning SIT Study Abroad Program in Tanzania, where he did his Independent Study Project on the water situation in the village of Shirati. He continued this research the following summer as part of his Senior Capstone project at the Wesleyan College of the Environment. In 2011, Max worked in Kibera, Kenya, for the community-based organization Shining Hope for Communities, where he coordinated its water project and co-led its summer program for American University students. In March 2012, Max founded a disease prevention and health promotion project called Maji Safi Group (MSG), with a fellow SIT student and a former SIT lecturer.
Max lives in the rural village of Shirati, Tanzania, where he works as the president of the US-based MSG and treasurer of Maji Safi Organization (MSO), the Tanzanian affiliate organization.