Meet the team and keep the story going!

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Hello all!

Thursday, the 15th of August, was not only the last day of the 2013 summer semester, but it was our final presentation to representatives of Triple Quest. This accelerated class was full of its challenges, excitement, sweat, and experiences that we will each take with us and hold dearly in our hearts, future careers and lives.

Our final presentation consisted of reintroducing our knowledge and research of the Base of the Pyramid, Triple Bottom Line,  Human Centered Design, Dominican Republic demographics, systematic/social challenges, and the Dominican batey and authoritarian structure. Overall, our audience was very pleased with our presentation and solutions! They enjoyed the prototypes, asked great questions, and were genuinely intrigued by the information and ideas.

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The bottom of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs reflects with the Base of the Pyramid – Essential needs.

The sociology component of Tony Baker’s class to the collaborative design studio class contributed very important understandings and inspiration to better designing solutions. We have learned to design with empathy, to explore our world and communities to learn why there may be barriers or boundaries, and that who or what having power makes a great impact.

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An overview of our understanding and observations of the Hydraid system.

An overview of our understanding and observations of the Hydraid system.

Carly Gussert’s final video recaps our experience beautifully!

Our ideation process led us to our final solution and proposal of a modular gardening system and suggested partnership with Solar Sister to further pursue entrepreneurial models and solar energy.  The modular system is raised off the ground due to the island’s heavy rainfall, soil erosion, animals, and serves as a visual indication to avoid it from being walked through like the typical row garden. We also had the challenge to create a universal solution that can be used globally, in different climates. The modular pods of the garden system can be mounted on a vertical surface such as an outside corner of a home, or windowsill. The pods can be set on the ground if necessary, and also serve as a composting system so there is no waste. There was talk afterwards of a lid/cover possibility to convert the pods into food storage.

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Actual gardens in bateys that we discovered. Notice that the far right is the most successful due to the pots, protecting the soil nourishment. Soil erosion is a serious problem here from the heavy rains and climate.

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You may recall from previous posts that at the beginning of our ideation phase was the key idea to incorporate educational and economic opportunity within our solution. Entrepreneurialism (a word we’ve been practicing speaking and writing more than ever!) is very important to Triple Quest.

Educational interactive app or game to engage communication between installers and end users.

Educational interactive app or game to engage communication between installers and end users.

Education

Visually interesting education for users to potentially hang in their home.

As any study abroad experience goes, it is a memory that will be not be forgotten. We are so thankful to Triple Quest and KCAD for giving us the opportunity to travel and study a product in-country! Not having the in-country, culturally immersive experience, would have made designing improvements and understanding process completely different. We each gained unique, emotional insight into the lives of Dominicans and Haitians, as well as the power we have as designers and creative thinkers to benefit a bigger picture.

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For our full presentation, please credit us to the hard work as you share this pdf. Collaborative Design Presentation

We would also like to thank all of those who have been following and interested in our journey throughout the entire semester! Thank you for the support! We hope that Kendall will be able to offer this trip again for other young designers to experience. Get to know the students of our class a bit…

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Some kids dream about being a superhero, so they can save the world one day. Joseph Parr dreams about making the world a better place through a different method, design. His superpowers include sketching, modeling, and creating ideas. Entrepreneurship is an avenue that he is investigating to establish his own opportunities and to give himself personal freedom and independence in design. Joseph is a senior in Industrial Design. He has been an active member of IDSA during school and resident of West Michigan since childhood.

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Carly Rae Gussert was born and raised in the woods of Iron Mountain, Michigan. She moved to Grand Rapids, MI and is currently a senior at Kendall College of Art and Design studying Digital Media, focusing on Motion Graphics and Video while also minoring in Collaborative Design. She’s interned for TedxGrandRapids Livestream team, currently works for Kendall College of Art and Design producing video content and dapples in freelance work. Carly hopes to use her degree to pursue her passion towards working with others at a motion graphic production company along with filming social documentaries.

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Interior design, architecture, and helping others have been major interests and aspirations since childhood. Amanda Klein, born and raised in the Walker area of Grand Rapids, is a senior at KCAD majoring in interior design and minoring in collaborative design. She is the current president of the Kendall Green Council and has helped lead Kendall in a more sustainable direction. Other involvements she commits to on campus is IIDA and student mentoring. Amanda works hard and volunteers often to understand the greater impacts that design has on human and environmental well being. She hopes to one day soon earn the opportunity to apply her passion for design in a way that can ultimately help people, business, and communities  flourish in productivity and happiness.

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Sabrina Johnson’s aspirations have been evolving her entire life, with one idea remaining constant- design. She grew up in Midland Michigan, knowing always she was to leave, and moved to Grand Rapids Michigan to attend Kendall College of Art and Design to study Interior Design. She is currently a sophomore, interested in working and collaborating with other designers from Kendall and hopes there are many team projects in her future. For now though, she is keeping the rest of her plans wide open, for anything that may come her way.

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Jordan Eastwood is a student at Kendall College of Art and Design majoring in industrial design.  He was born and currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI. His life here has made him become a well-rounded and multi-talented individual.  He did clasp designs and laser welding as a partial denture repair technician.  He was a kickboxer and martial arts instructor.  He also did quality control as an inspector for the natural gas industry.  He currently is an intern for an industrial design studio where he does a multitude of tasks including prototype making.  His passion for design comes from the sense of accomplishment he gets when a concept becomes tangible.  He likes the challenge of the development of an idea from a sketch to a fully rendered design.  He takes inspiration from all his interests whether it’s science fiction films, industrial music, steam-punk, muscle cars or design firms like IDEO.  All these things culminate into a unique design perspective that allows him to feel satisfaction at every stage of the design process.

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Jenny Tidrick is an interior design student with an eclectic array of interests and experiences.  Area’s of academic and professional interest, aside from design, include psychology and communication.  She loves how these things, when combined with design, have the ability to influence human behavior and emotion.  Her objective is to work in an environment that allows her to work interpersonally with users, and use her creative talents and communication skills to best serve their needs.

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Mabel Acosta studies Operations and Supply Management at the main campus of Ferris State University up in Big Rapids, MI. She was born in Brooklyn, NY where her parents were living with her mom’s sister and family. She strolled the streets of NYC for a bit before heading back with her family to their home country of Dominican Republic, where most of her family resides. Mabel decided on her major so she can be a voice for those in the workforce and create an encompassing environment where her employees feel appreciated. Not surprisingly, she loves to be around other people and partake in things such as sports with her energetic personality. Her favorite two are soccer and dance. When getting ready for this trip, she was so excited for all of us to learn about the Dominican culture that she began by bringing in food for the class and showing us how to dance Merengue and Bachata, two dances widely celebrated by the people.

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This is not the end!!!!!!

Or so we hope.

The semester may officially be over but please share our journey and be inspired to do your own research! If not on the Dominican Republic or Hydraid, find something. There is and will always be something, a cause, a bigger social roadblock, a process you do not understand, a country or location that intrigues you, a new or old issue that you can be passionate about. Whether you are an artist, designer, businessman, teacher, store clerk, mechanic, blue collar or white collar, we hope you feel a fire within you to explore and learn, to better your life as you better the lives of others throughout whatever medium you possess!!

Adios amigos, muchas gracias, y buena suerte!

Focused Chaos

Since last week, our class has moved on from the ideation phase and into the prototyping and creation phase!  We have taken over classrooms and hallways with sketches, story boards, lists, mind maps, post-it notes of big and small, folders, foam core, rulers, tape, charts, maps, muffin wrappers and coffee cups. The responsibilities have been relatively split up amongst us. Team Prototype has been Joe, Jordan, Justin, and Sabrina. Team Process is Jenny, Amanda, and Carly, with Carly having an emphasis on creating video to help tell our story.

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Jordan, Justin, and Sabrina working on a prototype of one of our solutions.

Jordan, Justin, and Sabrina working on a prototype of one of our solutions.

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Carly, sorting through all the footage from our DR trip.

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Further development on a prototype.

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Iterations to the model.

Today, Tuesday, we have  started out the day by recapping our progress and collaborating on the next steps. You may be wondering what  Team Prototype and Team Process do. Prototype is pretty self explanatory; physical models were created all while understanding and designing for specific needs, materials, ease of distribution and assembly, and providing opportunities for further education and economy (a process in itself). Team Process focused more on understanding and telling the broader story of the where we started, where have been, and where we are going. Documentation is key, as well as being able to translate our research and observations into a visual cohesive format. Identifying and pointing out the links between these areas are key to creating a whole systems, encompassing project and experience.

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We’ll have a lot of cleaning up to do

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Justin, 3D digital modeling

Preparing our final presentation!

Preparing our final presentation!

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Coming together to discuss our presentation visuals.

This post is more brief than previous postings due to our current task of creating the presentation. Feedback from Triple Quest and Cascade Engineering will provide us with more insight and blogging material. We will continue this hard work of gathering our work into deliverables until our final presentation late Thursday morning. Our piles of sketches and post its may look messy and chaotic from the outsider, but to us, it is just as IDEO‘s  David Kelley says, “focused chaos“. We hope the story of the triple bottom line, water, sanitation, community, and more will continue after our class is over in order to prompt continual education, innovation, and a positive environment.

What would you do if you had the ability to solve a global problem? What problems do you want to solve?

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Tuesday 8/6/13 First Ideation phase

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First Ideation phase

This week has been full steam ahead of brain power and hours of ideation! Our time spent in and out of the classroom has been an accelerated experience of working through a collaborative process specifying the problems and issues we are to solve for. As mentioned in the previous post, categories we identified as areas to provide solutions or improved processes are : water, food, health, transportation, sanitation, education.

We understand now that whatever solutions we create, they ultimately must provide educational and economic opportunities as well.

Today, Thursday, a lot of time was spent mapping out our understandings and ideas of the connections between these categories. For example, the topic of energy not only provides power for possible electronics, but energy can also provide an opportunity for further productivity and education. We worked down from big broad ideas into our current phase of refining in time to begin prototyping this weekend.

Check out an inspirational idea/product/cause called Square Foot Gardening. We decided after much collaboration that the issue of food growth, food safety, and food storage is of great importance and can relate to our experience with the Hydraid water filters. It relates because food, just like water, is one of the essential needs to human life. Food and agriculture was also said to be the next need in the bateys according to the Dominicans we worked with on our trip. Proper nourishment leads to health, increased attendance at work and school, education, and micro-economy. We understand and witnessed women spending their time cooking and preparing meals. Since there is no food storage or refrigeration, the food that is prepared is consumed that same day. We believe it would be amazing if the batey communities we visited had access or possession to an improved gardening enabling product including proper related education. One point that has been made related to food storage is to acknowledge that there might not be excess food to store in the first place, unless they had their own garden/tools.

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Yucca garden in a batey. Gardening is not a completely foreign idea for these communities but we observed opportunities for improvement.

Dry land and soil erosion poses a major problem for gardening.

Dry land and soil erosion poses a major problem for gardening.

Just one of the many areas of issues we analyzed.

Just one of the many areas of issues we analyzed.

Please check out this link that contains more images of our mind mapping from today which includes topics ranging from solar energy, composting, and illness prevention.

The agriculture topic we are exploring parallels to the key values and targets of Hydraid such as, entrepreneurialism, sustainability, resiliency, and reducing poverty. We have not eliminated the other crucial identified areas of issues as previously mentioned, but rather will be integrated into our refined solution.

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One week from today is our final presentation with Triple Quest of Cascade Engineering! It is crunch time and we are feeling it. A lot of creative and challenging thinking fills our classroom as we have been fully invested and committed in this project to be a piece of the puzzle to bettering life.

Questions? Comments? We’d love to read them!

“Business leaders need to start from the heart.”

As quoted by Fred Keller, founder and CEO of Grand Rapids based Cascade Engineering, starting from the heart is what ultimately leads to great success as a business. Why is that? Our class initially studied the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit), and designing for the base of the pyramid. 

Interestingly, the BoP reflects the first level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

We understand the essential needs for people and that the constraints vary based on geographical location. Starting from the heart and designing with empathy is what businesses need to make a positive difference in the world. The problems that we may see or observe that other’s unfortunately deal with daily, are actually design opportunities. This class is very happy to have experienced so much in only ten days and have identified and narrowed down our observations into main categories; water, food, education, sanitation, health, and transportation.

Yesterday, Thursday 8/1/13, we were welcomed into a board room at Cascade Engineering to present those main observation categories as our midterm. We spoke with three representatives of Triple Quest and Cascade.  It started off with recognizing the information and statistics we had going in to this endeavor. Some early class time before our trip was spent studying the HCD toolkit. However at CE, we happily told stories of our experience, observations, and questions. It was a very fluid conversation that seems to have pleased Triple Quest and led to opportunities for improvements with the product and processes.

Marta of Triple Quest started our facility tour in the Oosting room where we just finished our presentation.

Marta of Triple Quest started our facility tour in the Oosting room where we just finished our presentation.

 

Seeing CE’s main lobby full of awards and recognition related to anti-racism, social justice innovation, successful business, and positive environmental impact, we knew we were in the right place and working with the right team. The manufacturing floor was a fun experience as well. It’s crazy how Hydraid all started here in Grand Rapids. It gives off a warm fuzzy feeling when you think about it. For us to witness peoples’ life and use of these filters in the Haitian bateys and to come back home and see the enormous plant that produces these devices, is difficult to wrap your mind around the incredible impact in available resources and economies.  Even reflecting back on our tour of the Grand Rapids water filtration plant in early July is mind boggling. It is so very easy to take not only water, but the filtration and treatment for granted.

An example of a water source at a batey. Notice the garbage collecting. Water runoff streams branched out into the community where children or animals would go in to.

An example of a water source at a batey. Notice the garbage collecting. Water runoff streams branched out into the community where children or animals would go in to.

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Grand Rapids water filtration plant. Pumps out on average 38 million gallons of clean water a day.

 

 

Check out Carly Gussert’s video that makes a brief overview of our trip! It was included in our presentation to Triple Quest. Her amazing (and fast! ) video editing skills called the attention to the TQ team and she may be assisting them with more material! Go Carly! Also, after listening to feedback from TQ, we have been asked to possibly select two of our identified categories and deep deeper, and to also work on improving engaged communication between installers and users whether that is verbally or graphically.

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Now begins our iterative design process in preparation for our final! We can feel our humanitarian and designer qualities sharpening!

Stay tuned!

 

 

Home sweet home

What a bittersweet whirlwind!

Last night at 10:15 we landed back in Grand Rapids! It feels wonderful to be back home where life is familiar, but we all are genuinely missing the Dominican. Our ten day adventure went by so quickly, jam packed with both work and social experience.

Last Saturday we were able to revisit the first batey we installed filters in to check up on how the bio layers have settled, if the owners were happy with the product, and see the dusty residue left over that the filters successfully trapped from being consumed. There was class time over the weekend. Observations and problems were identified and organized into common themes. From there we split up into mini teams tackling and diving into opportunities and further creative thinking. The topics of culture, education, transportation, economy and more came up into our discussions.

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We were welcomed into the Good Samaritan Hospital for a tour of the facility as well. Moises, who oversees the hospital spent some time with us speaking about what the hospital offers and what they have accomplished. The hospital can house 43 patients and there are 90 doctors. 50 schools from the United States help with the hospital. There are some MRI, mammogram, and incubator technology however they appeared to be outdated.

Moises chatting with our class

Moises chatting with our class

Sunday we had the opportunity to attend church if we so chose to. Beautiful architecture and landscaping stood out in particular areas of the city.

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Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church

 

Monday we were treated to a day at a resort! We had an absolute blast in the pools while reflecting about our time there.

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Now being back home, the air is lighter, the traffic is quieter, drinking water out of the tap and flushing toilet paper is again possible, and our family and friends are near us again! We have a debrief meeting at Cascade tomorrow, Thursday, to present our experience and findings through our work with the Hydraid filter. Back to Kendall studio time for an iterative creative process! Thank you all who followed us on our journey. We appreciate the support and hope we will one day be able to return and reunite with the wonderful communities.

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Group photo at our usual hang out

 

 

Cartwheels and Christopher Columbus

Que pasa amigos?

We hope life back in Michigan has been well for everyone. Life here in our region of the Dominican Republic has been quite the adventure. So far we have visited five bateys, all of them different in the sense of community and location.  The constants within these five bateys are the minimal resources, enthusiastic children, and low levels of sanitation.

On Tuesday, 7/23/13 Amanda, Mabel, and Joe met probably some of the sweetest old men while in Batey Romanita (Little Romana). Unfortunately we didn’t know much of what he was saying because most of the elders speak Creole. However we could roughly translate that he thinks America is a very good country because we have been so helpful and he appreciate us doing what we are doing. He shared photos with us about a time he was in New York. His worn face reflected his elderly age and years of work, but his gleaming happy eyes told a story of hope in today’s youth.

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Another woman was making tea and bread. We were able to actually try the bread. It was surprisingly sweet and some of the best bread we’ve had. The children of course were absolutely in love with our cameras. Through our experience being completely immersed in a foreign language (with the help of translators) we have improved our Spanish speaking skills which has been understandably helpful in getting to know the people from both the Bateys and here in the city of La Romana.

One question we have asked children is “Do you go to school?” Almost all say yes. Not every batey has their own school, and if there is one, it may not educate up to a substantial level of schooling. Others may have to go into town for schooling.  We have discussed our observations, stories, and questions during bus rides and dinner time. The educational piece is very important. If there isn’t a high level of education regularly available, how does that effect the proper usage of the water filters? We also observed that there not a lot of activity going on within the bateys. The children run around, occasionally pick up trash to use as toys (sometimes putting things in their mouth), there is no reading being done, roaming animals, yet we’ve had teenagers ask for our Facebook and email. We have had a ton of fun playing with the kids though! Cartwheels, bikes, and high fives are so entertaining for them.

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Cartwheel fun! The kids immediately joined in!

It is interesting that there seems to be a lot of clean and tidy houses of the batey, yet the connecting dirt and gravel roads are covered in liter. Clearly, there some gap that has led to the absence of waste management, water contamination, and good health.

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On the other hand, Wednesday night we were able to visit Altos de Chavon.  Thursday we visited the capitol of Santo Domingo for the museum of Dominican history/culture and lunch as well as the colonial city which is where Christopher and Bartholomew Columbus first discovered the Americas and established the first American church!  Check out the link to the colonial city and our facebook group view some beautiful photos! The architecture, interior design, and landscape made for breathtaking views.

The ladies of the group at Altos de Chavon

The ladies of the group at Altos de Chavon

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The view of the river at Altos de Chavon

The view of the river at Altos de Chavon

Amazing architecture from the early 1500's of where the Columbus brothers settled in our hemisphere.

Photo taken in the Colonial City within Santo Domingo on Thursday. Amazing architecture from the early 1500’s of where the Columbus brothers settled in our hemisphere.

Statue of Christopher Columbus with the back of the first church established in the Americas, Santa Maria

Statue of Christopher Columbus with the back of the first church established in the Americas, Santa Maria

However, from working in a poor rural batey with barely the essentials of survival to  gorgeous historical areas was a considerably surprising contrast. We have learned that the government may not have a very strong interest in the people of the bateys as real people, and rather focus on maintaining the tourism industry. There definitely isn’t traffic enforcement, the roads are crazy here to American standards. In fact, there isn’t nearly as much enforcement in numerous problematic issues here.

Today, Friday, we got a tour of the Good Samaritan Hospital, visited an orphanage and played with the kids, and worked in another batey.

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Heading upstairs to see more of the hospital. Everything is open air.

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There are problems that may be too big for our class to solve in this accelerated summer class session, but our trip so far has been very eye opening, beautiful, surprising, full of dancing, and social engagement. Tomorrow we have plans to revisit a batey to follow up on how the filters are doing and later begin our design brainstorming!

Take care

Sugar, sugar, and more sugar

Hola senor/senoritas!

Apologies for no post yesterday. We are very surprised and fortunate to have internet access where we are staying, however it is a very very slow connection.

Yesterday, Monday 7/22/13 was our first day of work at a batey. Each batey is owned by one of the five sugar companies within the Dominican Republic. The bateys are made up of Haitian migrants and live in extreme poverty with no access to clean water. They have the very bare essentials to live, if that. We have learned that the sugar companies built the tiny houses that the families live in. The images and video that we have documented so far are very telling of the dyer living situations that these Haitians are accustomed to. Last night we watched The Price of Sugar and plan on finishing the last half hour tonight (slow internet connection here). Bateys are company towns. The companies are sugar companies. Who are they? It’s somewhat of a mystery. Economic and political power have such a strong unspoken authority. We highly recommend watching the documentary.

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After working in a batey installing 15 Hydraid water filters and interacting with the people, especially the enthusiastic children, we had spare time to visit the beach. Many shop owners try to persuade visitors to buy there product, or to find their shop. Interestingly, Amanda and Jordan were having a conversation (in spanish!) with two women workers from a massage tent on the beach about what our class is doing. “We are working in bateys” we told them. To our surprise they had never heard of the word nor had any knowledge that bateys exist.

As we have come to learn and experience the long bus rides out to the bateys, it is absolutely stunning trying to wrap our minds around the history and stories of why and how these bateys exist. They are so disconnected from the cities and typically work for life. Children were seen taking care of younger children. The putrid water and massive spread out piles of trash is disheartening to see. Stray roaming animals and children with parasite filled wounds yet so many smiles on their faces is a very eye opening experience. It is a perspective builder; to see the sheer joy on the crowd of children (some adults’) faces with their fascination with cameras. Over and over again, Carly and Amanda who had cameras, were asked to take photos. The children’s reaction of laughter and excitement to see an immediate photo on the camera screen was a delight to be a part of.

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A very kind and gently old man by the name of Cena (we don’t know the spelling) showed us his casa (house) which could not have been more than 7’x8′. It only had a bed and a small table. The climate here is very very hot, humid and sometimes dry. Shade and wind feels like a luxury. Cena generous offered us grape soda and maize (corn). We kindly accepted after he insisted on us having them. Today we encountered a similar circumstance. Minutes upon arriving and unpacking the filter components from the bus, a young boy brought us mangos. Haitian batey folks have so very little, yet still offered us something.

Which leads me to another topic of our experience thus far: food. The food is amazing. Absolutely delicious. We have not tried anything that we do not like. The lovely women at Casa Pastoral (where we are residing, it is associated with The Good Samaritan hospital) do a fabulous job of preparing and serving our food for not just us, but the other groups that are here for various other projects.

Again, we recommend taking the hour and a half to watch the documentary that is linked above. It has prompted new questions and provided more answers at the same time. We still have another week here in the Dominican Republic to absorb the contrasting culture of the city and bateys. Due to the low internet connection, uploading photos is difficult. Check back later for a possible photo addition.

Feel free to leave us some comments/questions!

Hasta luego!

We Have Arrived!

We Have Arrived!

Day one: complete. After a long morning that started out at 4:30 am at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, we arrived initially in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic! We were met by our translator/leader from the Good Samaritan Hospital, Ariel. … Continue reading

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Welcome to Kendall College of Art and Design‘s Dominican Republic study away blog!

We are an interdisciplinary class of varying levels of college experience working together to solve the problems of the world- specifically, water.

Gayle Debruyn of Kendall and Tony Baker of Ferris State University lead us in our journey to better understand water systems, community, the triple bottom line, and human centered design.  Our study away trip will take place from July 20- July 30 and primarily in the cities of Santo Domingo and La Romana.

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Since our first class on July 9, 2013, we have had guests from Triple Quest of Cascade Engineering who will supply us with their Hydraid Biosand water filtration devices. Representatives from the safe water team and Aqua Clara visited our class to share their efforts to bring cleaner water and micro economies to developing nations and communities. We will be working in Haitian bateys installing these filters and residing in The Good Samaritan Hospital.

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Interior design, industrial design, digital media, and collaborative design students spending three days a week preparing for the total immersion in the problem of water sourcing, quality, treatment, distribution, and much more has been a very informative and thought provoking process. As a group of two concurrent classes (collaborative design studio and social science ) we have had the opportunity to visit local places in Grand Rapids such as the water filtration plant, Grand Rapids city hall for a conversation with the city manager, experience utilizing the Rapid bus system, El Vocero Hispanic newspaper,Chez Olga in East town for Haitian cuisine, and have learned some Spanish speaking skills and Merengue dancing.

Grand Rapids water filtration plant.

Grand Rapids water filtration plant.

Merengue practice

Merengue practice

Developing research questions to ask Dominicans.

Developing research questions to ask Dominicans.

We understand the general need for cleaner water, but the impact that water has on and receives from agriculture, business, family, culture, economy, sanitation, environments, ecosystems, health and much more, is an interesting web of interconnections. Where these areas overlap provide us with the indication of what priorities are or could be. Our ten day adventure in the Dominican Republic  is our unique opportunity to practice our human centered design skills towards user observation to define problems that will lead to solutions.

We hope you support us here as we will keep our readers posted on our experience!  Thank you!