The first three photos come from incoming MIA student Nery Gracia.
The first photo was taken in Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. It shows the beautiful sunset and the oil refinery in the middle of the sea. Oil refining is the principal industrial activity of this country.
The second photo was taken to a group of welders and pipefitters that were applying for work visas at the US Embassy in Port of Spain in September of 2006. I worked in the process of these workers obtaining their work visas. That is me in the middle!
The third photo was taken on April 2009 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico to this pair of Mexican women who would make clothing and souvenirs for sale in the touristic part of town. The women in the photo are from Oaxaca, Mexico and they speak their native language – Chontal and Spanish.
The next two photos come from incoming MPA in Development Practice student Stephanie Ruiz.
I took these photos while working on water treatment projects in Western Kenya last year.
During a field visit to one of our projects, I came across this little girl walking home after collecting water from a spring. I don’t think she could have been more than 3 years old. In this area of Kenya, water borne diseases are prevalent and contribute to a very high rate of child mortality.
The projects aimed at finding the most effective ways to reduce the threat of water borne diseases by treating the water with chlorine products. The second picture shows a young girl collecting water from a spring where we had installed a chlorine dispenser (to the right) making it easier to treat the water.