Raamis in India

Raamis is a sophomore President’s Scholar and member of the University Honors Program who is majoring in biology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. During summer 2012, he is traveling to Aligahr, India, as a Richter Fellow to conduct research on water contamination, child psychology and public health in a slum.

Testing the water

It’s that time.  I think I’ve delayed getting to this point, and maybe some of that has been on purpose.  For the past week, I have been going daily to different areas of the city, slum or no slum, to take water samples and test them.  There were a lot of thoughts running through my mind as I zoomed by on motorcycle, stopping to collect water from hand pump, Russian pump, municipal water lines, and submersible pumps, input the point on my GPS, take pictures, label the sample, and note all observations in my diary. In between, I met rickshaw drivers, orphaned children, large families, poor families, wealthy families, students, and mothers.  Every single person was concerned about the water [...]

2012-06-29T19:30:52+00:00 June 12th, 2012|Raamis in India|

Dream, My Child

This is definitely the most exciting post to write because I am sharing some of the drawings by students from the slum school. These drawings have become an incredible discovery, not just for me, but also for the teachers of the school, my grandparents and other people who see them. The powerful scope and message of what has been drawn is exactly why I believe a defeatist and skeptic attitude has no place in this world. Indeed, this is not meant to be an overly sentimental examination, as I believe the drawings possess a rare, healthy combination of practicality and imagination. Without further ado, here are a few: What I was most happy about was the enthusiasm I received from the student body. There are [...]

2012-06-07T19:33:55+00:00 June 7th, 2012|Raamis in India|

Don’t let them see you grimace

Finally, here it is.  Through pictures, firsthand accounts, and my own observations, I present you with the first look into the slum. While I believe that only stepping into the streets and walking around gives one a real idea of how conditions in a slum are, pictures and quotes do help paint a realistic picture. This post combines about 3 or 4 visits, spanning a week.  These shots of are of the slum only.   In my next post, I will talk more about the school I am working with inside the slum and the book project that the students are taking part in. First, an all important stat: the population density in this region is over 50,000 people [...]

2012-06-04T21:08:15+00:00 May 26th, 2012|Raamis in India|

A look back

Now that you know what the Richter project is about this year, I thought it would be good to look back at the lessons my past experiences working with the slum yielded.  If there is one thing I have learned, one overlying theme, it is that there are layers of complexity within the slum world - from family relations, to power brokering, to education, to child labor etc…  Here, I will try to give you a quick but thorough look into the patterns I saw emerge from past years. I have been working in this particular slum for the past two summers, and last summer in particular was frustrating.  In fact, the day after visiting the only school in the [...]

2012-05-25T21:39:58+00:00 May 25th, 2012|Raamis in India|

A Richter project in three parts

Raamis is a sophomore President's Scholar majoring in biology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. During summer 2012, he is traveling to Aligahr, India, as a Richter Fellow to conduct research on water contamination, child psychology and public health in a slum.

2012-05-25T21:33:54+00:00 May 25th, 2012|Raamis in India|