My first exposure to the “refugee crisis” was in the summer of 2013, just before my senior year of high school. I was in Istanbul visiting family and the Turkish nightly news was consumed with reports of increasing numbers fleeing the seemingly endless violence in Syria. Thousands were pouring across Turkey’s borders every day, and Turkey was not prepared for the neighboring civil war to spill over. Read more about Hope and Vibrance are Alive Inside the "Refugee Crisis"
In October, Hurricane Matthew struck regions of southern Haiti as well as St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. In Haiti, the death toll surpassed 1,000; the hurricane displaced hundreds of thousands and left over 1 million people in the south in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Many were left without homes, access to safe drinking water, food, or medical attention. Medical and public health professionals feared that another cholera crisis was imminent. Read more about Hope in the Face of a Disaster: standing together after Hurricane Matthew
This summer, myself and a classmate had the incredible opportunity to perform self-guided research abroad as recipients of the Rosenkrantz Discovery Grant offered by the History and Science Department. We chose to explore the culture of medicine in Havana, Cuba: Read more about Los Dos Caras (Two Faces)
The conclusion to a crash course on how to live life
Why do people want to help others? There’s certainly a biological reason for wanting the best for your kin and offspring, but why do people, and certainly some more than others, feel such a drive to enhance the lives of strangers around them that they are willing to devote their lives to this purpose? Is it a moral imperative? Is it something you do because you’ve come from a less privileged background and you want to give back? What obliges you to help others? What makes you think others need or want your help? Read more about Eda’s summer at HGHI Internship Blog Post 5