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The Autism Theatre Project aims to bring sensory friendly theatre to the Charlottesville community. Through the JPC and with help from the Virginia Institute for Autism, we will be developing a guide for sensory friendly production adaptation to be used by local theaters, as well as our normal season length, which is two to three shows.

In 2015, a team of students partnered with PureMadi and Khulisa to create the infrastructure for a ceramic water filter factory in Hammanskraal, South Africa.  Our team plans to return to this factory in the summer of 2016 to further develop the filter making process by experimentally optimizing the clay-sawdust-water formulation for filter manufacturing based on available local materials.

The 2016 Initiative reCOVER focuses on the design of a combined temporary housing facility, cafeteria and medical clinic that will serve the elderly and disabled homeless population of Ethiopia. This facility will be owned and operated by the Macedonians Humanitarian Association, one of the only indigenous Ethiopian charitable organizations that serves this vulnerable population.

Environmental education programs can increase children’s ecological, social, and civic wellbeing.

In collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Education in St. Kitts and Nevis, our assessment of self-reported teen health perceptions aims to improve the implementation of the Federation’s Millennium Development Goals.

In collaboration with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux tribe in Sisseton, South Dakota, this team will prepare a well-researched and credible community center programming plan. Our efforts are two-fold: first, to identify opportunities for economic self-sustainability within the community center as a means to strengthen tribal sovereignty.

To meet the increasing demand for trained UVA students to tutor youth from the local community, Hoos Enabling Academic Tutoring (HEAT) will work with UVa’s "Day In The Life" (DITL) program and its community site supervisors to enhance the program’s recruitment and training.

In partnership with Khulisa Social Solutions and PureMadi, team members will help establish a ceramic filter factory in Hammanskraal, South Africa. The team will install a filter press, hammer mill, and kiln, and will build a sieve table and soak tank. Varying ratios of clay to sawdust will be tested systematically to produce ceramic water filters with appropriate flow rates.

Over previous years, UVA students have worked with Guatemalan healthcare providers and computer programmers to create an electronic medical record (EMR) for resource-limited environments, titled SABER. Our team plans to continue the implementation of SABER and conduct a large-scale test of SABER’s functionality compared to the standard work of paper records.

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