MIIS Student a Featured Presenter at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

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10177748676_005259df07_nAfter growing up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monterey Institute student Wesley Laine (MAIPS ’14) knows what is like to go without one of the most basic human needs—access to clean water. Three years ago, he started a project in the South East Department of Haiti to install gravity-fed water chlorination systems using a simple device. “I really wanted to do something about the cholera crisis in Haiti,” says Wesley. “The fact that the project is now helping over 360,000 people means everything to me.”

Wesley Laine - HaitiIn September, Wesley flew to New York to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. He arrived in New York from Paris, where he was studying during the fall semester at one of the Middlebury Schools Abroad as part of his degree program at MIIS. In his presentation about the Southeast Water Project, Wesley noted that the simple chlorination system has no moving parts and that a component of the project was to build local buy-in as well as training. He also noted that there are now “hardly any cases of cholera in the South East Department of Haiti.”

Top Photo:  Wesley speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

Bottom Photo: Wesley holding one of the beneficiaries of his project

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