By: Timothy Lalowski
Hello. My Name is Timothy Elliot Lalowski. I am a 3rd year Architectural and Civil Engineering Student with a minor in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. This year, I became inspired to explore the field of Health as a supplementary area of study, and reached out to many organizations around the world looking for opportunities to receive in-field research.
I eventually teamed up with David Carpenter, the leader of the World Health Organization Collaborative Center in Environmental Health, the Institute of Health and the Environment at the University of Albany, as my mentor for my endeavors. Mr. David Carpenter (M.D.) has been overseeing my research and connecting me with professionals in the field around the world. However, UAlbany does not have funding to support any research or internships, so the burden of funding my endeavors has fallen on to me.
Some of the research on this topic can be accomplished through reading textual information from publications contained in library archives and Scholarly Journal Articles Databases such as JSTOR, however, nothing compares to an in-field experience, where real, pressing issues can be witnessed firsthand. For this reason, I am hoping to travel abroad to developing areas of the world such as the slums of India and the villages of Kenya to research detrimental Health issues that face the people who live there.
I will be traveling with the Jane Adeny Memorial School in Muhoroni, Kenya. I will be conducting research there as well as in Nairobi and Tickets run at about $1,800-$2,200 for a round trip flight. For some of the trip, housing will be provided, as well as food.
If my goal is met, my funds will be used to travel and conduct research on Waste Management Techniques and their Health Impacts in Developing Regions. Any surplus will either be used for additional research materials, additional trips to other field sites, or be donated towards the Jane Adeny Memorial School and the World Health Organization.
At the end of the summer, I hope to have produced a video documentary and a research paper summarizing my discoveries. These will be available for public viewing.
Much of the world suffers from very poor health standards due to the techniques employed in Waste Management. These lead to disease, illness, and death for many. In Many regions, poor waste management leads to soil and water pollution, bad quality of meat of grazing livestock, parasites, and infection. Developing Sustainable solutions to these issues improves the lives of millions around the world.
Rarely do developing regions receive aide which is accessible to the population at a point of time in the future. Equipment fails, buildings deteriorate, and systems are broken, without the resources necessary to repair or further develop what has been implemented. Often, time and money goes to waste, funding implementations that cannot be properly utilized do to the differing structure of society and variety of resources. This is due to a misunderstanding of the needs and structure of the region. Developing regions need strategies of waste management based specifically on their cultural and regional needs.
Waste management solutions in Kenya lack accessibility, and their implementation lacks reinforcement. As a result, the habitants of the region suffer from diseases and infections caused by the soil, air, and water contamination.
If you are looking to help further, you can: get the word out! Every voice can tell thousands, and together we can fix the issues; research Information, get educated on the subject, and educate others; have an open discussion. (I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more information on the objectives, processes, and to donate to this work please visit the indiegogo campaign page for Timothy.