Beauty in Poverty

Claire's Dominican Summer

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On Saturday I went back to Po Plume, a little town right across the border into Haiti. The organization that runs this children’s home also sponsors this town through a church and school. I went with Caila, another intern, two translators, and a doctor. The doctor did the Saturday clinic but the rest of us went to work on Caila’s research project for Washington Universtiy. She is researching the nutritional status and overall living condition of the people there by going house to house with her questionnaire. We got the heights and weights of the family and heard about their daily food intake and occupations. We did finger pricks to get hemoglobin levels in the kids. Obviously the kids did not love that part but we gave them candy. They were lucky because our machine stopped working so we couldn’t do many. All of the kids were anemic, meaning they…

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