“I believe that all of us have the potential to address the global challenges facing our generation.” – Jiwon Victoria Park ’17 (Chemistry)

Jiwon Victoria
Park ’17

Chemistry

“I believe that all of us have the potential to address the global challenges facing our generation.”


What program or project did you participate in?

I participated in the 2014 IDEAS Global Challenge as part of the project Du’anyam.
 

How would you briefly describe your service project?

Du’anyam strives to provide alternative employment for pregnant women in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Indonesia. We aim to improve maternal and newborn health by reducing risks associated with heavy agricultural labor during pregnancy and increasing financial access to health services and proper nutrition. This is achieved by leveraging an existing skill, wicker weaving, and building relationship between weaving community and consumers for the production and sale of handmade wicker products.
 

What did it mean to you to be able to do this?

Coming to MIT, I wanted to find an outlet to impact the impoverished areas of the world. Working on Du’anyam allowed me to achieve this goal. I had the chance to collaborate with students at MIT and Harvard and also meet with local leaders in Indonesia. The experience was enlightening and motivated me to seek further opportunities to make an impact in the world.
 
I used to believe that it would be nearly impossible for me to make a far-reaching impact in the world as just a student, but now I believe that all of us have the potential to address the global challenges facing our generation.
 

What do you think it meant for the community in which you served?

The villagers in the community in which Du’anyam serves were enthusiastic about the opportunity to participate in our project. Local leaders were also supportive of our mission.