Johnathan Hezghia, 2013, Economics

I worked for the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children in El Salvador. My projects targeted water and food in order to help my host community’s inhabitants live a healthier lifestyle, prevent the spread of diseases and fight malnutrition. I helped implement a water purification system at the local school, aimed at decreasing the persistent rate of water-borne illnesses affecting children. To help with nutrition and address the need for more well-balanced diets, we arranged a Healthy Foods Festival attended by over 250 community members. Finally, I did research on a plant called Moringa oleifera, the seeds of which can be used to purify drinking water at virtually no cost. The Foundation is now considering this as one option to help make potable water an affordable possibility for the community.