It's exactly one week from the start of the impact assessment trip. The 4-person team will have a tough job ahead but they are excited and up to the task. As part of the trip, they will be developing detailed groundwork for an ambitious new project that builds off of our past work with the residents of Portobelo.
Waterborne illnesses are a primary source of disease in Portobelo, Panama. Future Scientist has been working with the community, particularly though a collaboration with the high school, to build awareness through hands-on science lessons and provide means of water treatment through chlorination kit distribution and construction of several water purification systems. We have leveraged the student body to conduct outreach sessions at the local clinic and throughout the community. Our aim in this project is to connect this student-focused approach with the clinic in order to have healthcare professional buy-in, increased ability to quantitatively assess impact of the outreach program, and empower high school students by providing them with a scientific and health setting experience. By connecting the school with the clinic and providing consumable materials and training, we are testing a model of community empowerment that lets the members themselves address a critical problem.
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