This morning we finished up all of our public health projects – 2 septic tanks, 2 bathrooms, and a concrete floor. It was true engineering at work, and hard work at that! My favorite part about public health is the novelty of it all – none of us have construction expertise so we all have to work together and play our strengths to get the projects done. It was rewarding to see our efforts completed, and even more rewarding to know that these public health projects were going to improve community health and well-being for years to come.
The owner of the house expressed his gratitude and said he was amazed at how smart we were at such a young age. I thought Samanda, a freshman brigader in our group, brought up a great point in response. She said that everyone has the capacity to learn and be “smart,” it was just about access to resources. It was a good reminder to be thankful for the fact that I have access to such a strong education. It also motivates to continue my service work to try and provide these resources to others.
-Maya Holay, Brigader