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JAMBO, HOWZIT, AND HELLO/Breast Cancer Research and Cultural Diversity

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EVENT DATE: Jan 20, 2014

Nikita Ryan

THE STORY:

As a volunteer for the Komen Tissue Bank, I was offered an opportunity to travel to Eldoret, Kenya with the Komen Tissue Bank to collect healthy breast tissue for breast cancer research. I decided to involve the current 5th grade students at Kitley Elementary School in Indianapolis by educating them about Eldoret and having them make an owl bucket or pail collage that would be given to a child in Kenya. From my past volunteering with Stardust@home, I became friends with another volunteer in Johannesburg, South Africa and she invited me to visit her and the schools there. My trip then expanded to include Johannesburg! I went into the classrooms last year several times and talked to the students about the two other communities and asked them what they feel is important about their city, community and school. Students with parental consent in all areas will be videotaped and the videos will be shared with the other students in the other areas. My hope is that I can increase awareness of cultural diversity and acceptance in all areas I visit, but especially in my community.  Studies have shown that increasing awareness at a young age allows those students to be more positive about others differences and accept the variety of people and cultures in the global world we now live in.

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