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Meet Leah Goeke Palmer: A Passionate Advocate for Global Public Health and Sustainable Development

We are thrilled to welcome Leah as a new board member at KiloWatts for Humanity. Leah joined our board in January, bringing with her a wealth of experience in public health and community development. She serves as the point person for communications regarding our kiosks in Kanchomba, Cheeba, and Dengeza, playing a crucial role in the success of our on-the-ground projects. Leah’s journey to KWH is deeply rooted in her extensive background in global public health and her dedication to service. From 2014 to 2016, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kanchomba, Zambia —coincidentally, the same area where KWH now operates kiosks. During her time with the Peace Corps in Zambia, Leah worked at a local clinic with six rooms and no running water, dedicating herself to improving the health and well-being of the community despite the challenging conditions.

 

After her Peace Corps service, Leah worked on a Centers for Disease Control contract in Tanzania for three years, further fueling her passion for public health and her desire to return to sub-Saharan Africa. She then moved back to Pittsburgh to work at a company specializing in artificial intelligence and data systems in global health. Through her network, she was introduced to a KWH board member, which led to her involvement with our organization. “In my current job right now, I still have a lot of projects in Africa and around the world. I am doing a lot of project management and leading individuals in different countries. That experience of temporarily living the challenges of the communities we are trying to assist is something that was uniquely helpful to me as a KWH board member,” Leah acknowledges.

 

Reflecting on her decision to join KWH, Leah said, “KWH let me challenge myself and contribute to the greater good. I am really excited to be a part of the monitoring and examination efforts and strengthening that process for KWH. We want to have a more systematic approach to follow up and support how the kiosks are doing,” Leah says excitedly. Recognizing the challenges of data capture, Leah is leveraging her expertise in AI and data systems to integrate advanced technology into our processes, improving our ability to monitor and evaluate projects effectively.

 

Leah's journey is a testament to the power of dedication, education, and the desire to make a positive impact. Her work with KWH and other projects in Africa showcases her commitment to improving the lives of those in underserved communities. Says Leah, “KWH is a whole army of volunteers, and it is incredible.” As a point person for communications regarding several kiosks, Leah is in regular contact with Caritas Monze staff. “Our on-the-ground partner was Caritas Monze, and they have a big presence in the southern province, specifically in Zambia.” Explains Leah.

 

As we move forward, we are excited to see the innovative solutions and initiatives Leah will help bring to KWH, furthering our mission and expanding our reach.

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