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.
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 [...]