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About Danielle Fleischman

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A dozen Indiana University students spent three weeks reporting on the work of AMPATH, a healthcare partnership between the medical schools at IU and Moi University that is saving the lives of thousands in western Kenya.


Danielle Fleischman delayed her graduation until August, when she’ll receive a bachelor’s degree in journalism, so she could join the class. She visited Greece, Spain, Italy and Israel while in college, but this was her first trip to the developing world.

Her reporting in Kenya focused on how innovative agricultural methods contribute to the self-sufficiency of people living with HIV. “As my education at Indiana University comes to a close, I cannot think of a better note to end on than learning how to make a difference where it matters most,” she said. “I didn’t just learn about Kenya, HIV/AIDS, cross cultural reporting, climate change or farming. I learned how to be a journalist.”

Her reporting partner was Job Mwaura.

Posts by Danielle Fleischman

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Growing together

New farming practices introduced by AMPATH's Agricultural Extension gives Kenyan farmers an opportunity to make a profit and feed their families

By: Danielle Fleischman and Lauren KastnerThere is no voiceover.
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Irrigation innovation during a time of climate change

With the help of AMPATH, farmers upgrade to modern technology to care for their crops

By: Danielle Fleischman and Job Mwaura
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Lack of water means even harder times

As the rainy season fails to provide enough water, crops suffer, creating a domino effect on poverty, hunger

By Danielle Fleischman and Job Mwaura  ELDORET, KENYA – Elijah Mugo Macharaia looks up at the blank Kenyan sky. He stares longingly at the clouds above. He is looking for rain, and while the clouds are heavy bellied with gray he does not hold out much hope for the rain his crops so desperately need. […]
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Some thoughts on wrapping up the reporting phase

Danielle Fleischman considers the emotional toll on reporting on HIV/AIDS in Eldoret.
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Sampling local cuisine

Danielle Fleischman reviews the flavors and tastes that have enticed her while in Kenya.

A Lutheran, a Jew and a Unitarian travel to Africa…

Danielle Fleischman describes the importance of religion in Eldoret.
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The way to help: Tell their stories

Danielle Fleischman describes the difficulty in remaining a reporter when encountering heartbreaking poverty.
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A camera invites conversation

Danielle Fleischman finds that her camera invites people to talk to her, to ask her to take their photos.
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Culture shock that never ends

Danielle Fleischman reports on the first day of reporting, complete with local “law” enforcement and a lesson about climate change.
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Newspapers in transition

Danielle Fleischman sees the global plight of newspapers as something that hasn’t happened in Kenya — yet.