Kelly McCarty was International Advocacy Intern at PAI.
Back at my university the semester after my internship, my cohorts in a student civic engagement club agreed, our peers at the university would be very interested in the research being done at PAI. As many of us were seniors, making major decisions regarding our careers, we invited the staff from Population Action International to Elon University. I arranged for PAI to present their documentaries to the entire campus and to visit classes in which the students would be particularly interested in PAI’s message.
The tour made an impact that is hard to measure except anecdotally. One young woman, with multiple options for service careers, chose to work for a public health organization working in Haiti. I have chosen to obtain a masters degree in Social Justice and Human Rights and have begun work with an organization fighting for the economic and social empowerment of women in Juarez, Mexico. A student group working on funding a medical center in Ghana has talked about adding a reproductive health component to their work.”