2016 GIEP projects

Haven Night Shelter
The Haven Night Shelter supports the social reintegration of homeless adults, serving 1,000 clients in 15 shelters at any given time in partnership with governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

Students working with Haven will improve the group’s client registration system, which was put into place last year, and work to integrate it with confidential data while maintaining security.

Student participants: Brittany Hutson, Verena Getahun, Maria Medlarz, Bader Bajaber

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The League of Friends of the Blind
The League of Friends of the Blind (LOFOB) serves Western Cape children, youth and adults who are blind or visually impaired. Services include education and early childhood development, independence and employment support, and socio-emotional aid.

One group of students at LOFOB will work with organization staff to survey, identify, protect and mobilize the largely unmanaged archival resources LOFOB has collected over its 83 years of operation. The other group will develop an integrated information management system and associated processes to streamline the management of mission critical information using the group’s current IT and infrastructure capabilities. They will also incorporate and integrate adaptive technologies for the use of LOFOB’s visually impaired staff.

Student participants - Archives project: Karen Fernandez, Tricia Chua, Erika Linenfelser

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Student particpants - Systems project: Dalton Simancek, Meng Zhang, Kristyn Sonnenberg

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UWC-Robben Island Museum Mayibuye Archive
The Mayibuye Archive at the University of the Western Cape houses one of the largest and most important archives documenting anti-apartheid liberation struggles. The archive includes paper, film, video, oral history, art and other collections.

Students will work with staff to process materials while also developing an institutional archival processing manual with guidelines for future processing efforts.

Student participants: Eve Bourbeau-Allard, Aliza Elkin, Sarah Lebovitz 

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Yabonga is an NGO serving South African families affected by HIV/AIDS in 12 township communities around Cape Town. Through support centers near local clinics, its staff works to enhance the lives and opportunities of more than 1,000 young people affected by HIV and adverse socioeconomic circumstances.

Students working with Yabonga will create an information system that can identify, track and describe interactions and outcomes for the roughly 400 young people in the program in order to provide better longitudinal services and understanding.

Student participants: Lavanya Kumar, Ayshwarya Balasubramanian, Danielle Culberson, Shreyas Ramani

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