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Peace Corps and CSU: Profile on Lynn Kwiatkowski

March 28, 2011

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps and CSU's historic role in its early years, Today is featuring members of the campus and Fort Collins communities who were involved in the organization.

Health care and irrigation for villages in the Philippines

Lynn Kwiatkowski, associate professor of anthropology at CSU, entered the Peace Corps in 1984 and served for more than two years as a primary health care volunteer. She worked with members of the Ministry of Health in the upland town of Mayoyao, located in Ifugao Province of the Philippines.

While living in a village named Alimit, which was linked to the center of Mayoyao by a walking path, she engaged in primary health care education and nutrition programs with local community members.

She also aided in the implementation of an irrigation system for agricultural production in Alimit, involving the installation of a water pump. In addition, she co-organized a free eye clinic for the residents of Mayoyao, provided by optometrists and an ophthalmologist who were based in Manila.

In the center of Mayoyao, she helped to develop a library for the community members.

Return to a different home

Lynn returned to the Philippines to conduct dissertation research in cultural anthropology in 1991, 1992, and 1993.

"I went back to the same town and village where I had lived as a Peace Corps volunteer, as well as a nearby town, to conduct my research," Lynn says.

"I focused on hunger and malnutrition, especially among children and women in Ifugao Province, and related gender and international development processes.

"It was a wonderful experience."

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