In January, 143 New York University students and deans built 262 cleaner burning stoves, treated 800 patients, built three lavatories at schools, and planted 6,000 trees over 10 days in the cities of Cusco and Urubamba, Peru. The cohort included undergraduate students and deans from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars; and members of NYU administration. Working with ProPeru Service Corps, a not for profit development agency, the group worked 9-hour days to complete development projects alongside Andean community members; many of the students stayed with host families in Cusco, the seat of Incan heritage.
“I’m proud of Steinhardt students’ commitment to global public service,” said Mary Brabeck, dean of NYU Steinhardt. “Their dedication to improving the lives of those in the developing world speaks to Steinhardt’s mission to prepare students to lead in an ever-changing world.”
The Peru project was the biggest, most extensive international service trip Steinhardt has organized, said Lindsay Wright, assistant dean for planning and communication at NYU Steinhardt. “The decision to spend a week engaged in international development work evolved from discussions with the students themselves,” she said. “Seeing firsthand how individuals become change agents, within the context of a developing country, was an invaluable lesson for them.”
Students installed cleaner burning stoves in homes where families traditionally
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