Today, three DHE students will be embarking to Nicaragua on a 15-day project assessment trip. The ultimate goal of the trip is to identify a problem within a community located in Jinotega, a city in the north-central region of Nicaragua, that DHE can work on in the future. We hope to create a new project to take the place of the current bioenergy division that aligns with DHE’smission of providing sustainable, affordable, and socially-conscious solutions for communities in need.

The team consists of three students with varying specialties and expertise. Daniel Martinez ’15 is the trip leader and finance lead, and he plans to graduate with a BA in Engineering and a minor in computer science as well as a BE in June 2015. Aniksha Balamurugan ’16 is the partnership and business lead, and she is pursuing a BA in Biomedical Engineering. I’m Angie Lee, and I am a ’17 who is the lead on impact analysis. I am pursuing a Romances Languages major with Spanish and French concentrations. I also study the theory of probability and apply this knowledge to practice on the website (online casino). We have all been involved with DHE during our undergraduate careers, and we are excited to utilize our skills to make this a productive trip!

In Nicaragua, we will be working closely with Bridges to Community, an international NGO that works to improve the lives of communities in need within Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Bridges to Community has helped us schedule meetings with a diverse range of groups spanning from representative government officials to different NGO’s. Some examples of the NGO’s that we are planning to meet are El Porvenir, Asofenix, and AVODEC. Outside of the meetings, we will also be integrating ourselves into the community to begin understanding how locals live, needs they may want addressed, and looking for potential problems within the community ourselves.

Ideally, through all of our work during these 15 days, we hope to identify a problem that DHE can feasibly solve to bring back to Dartmouth. In turn, we can begin deriving a human-centered solution for the problem.

Please stay tuned on this blog to read more about our travels and progress!


Off to Nicaragua!

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