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Organized Inaccessibility: The Challenges of the Urban Carless in Abbotsford

“The ‘matatus’ (public transit vehicles) are rowdy, chaotic and disorganized.” These have always been my thoughts about the public transit vehicles in Kenyan cities. I never thought I’d miss the chaos that penetrates deep into the residential areas with the city centre as the focal point. Holding a new transit schedule, confused and overwhelmed, my … Continue reading Organized Inaccessibility: The Challenges of the Urban Carless in Abbotsford

And Suddenly I’m Working in the Development Industry

There are three types of aid according to Dambisa Moyo – “humanitarian or emergency aid,… charity-based aid,… and systematic aid” these different types of aid are funded by different sources and are utilized for different reasons, a complicated global economy of aid is created with these funds totaling in the hundreds of billions annually. Yet … Continue reading And Suddenly I’m Working in the Development Industry

CITIES FOR CHILDREN: THE PLACE OF CHILDREN IN URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING

The world's human population has been on the rise despite the finite resources to support the ecosystems. However, the numbers are not evenly distributed, with the urban areas being dense while most rural parts of the world are scarcely populated. The United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs shows that currently 55% of the … Continue reading CITIES FOR CHILDREN: THE PLACE OF CHILDREN IN URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING

Changing Handwashing Behavior for Health Outcomes in Children

My internship in Kenya is with Practical Action, a UK-based organization that is a global innovator, inspiring people to discover and adopt ingenious, practical ways to free themselves from poverty and disadvantage.  More specifically, the project I'm working on is focused on handwashing, it is called the Safe Pair of Hands project (hereafter, SPOH).  This … Continue reading Changing Handwashing Behavior for Health Outcomes in Children