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Kaitlyn Hudgins

Kaitlyn HudginsKaitlyn Hudgins
 entered the Master of Public Administration program in Spring 2013 with a concentration interest in Sustainability and Nonprofit Management.  She recently travelled to Haiti to learn more about  sustainability practices in developing countries. The following  is her brief account of this experience.

“Spending a week in Haiti was an opportunity to help a community develop an initiative that will address their long term needs for a sustainable food source, public utilities, education and medical needs. I co-lead a specific part of this project with Ginger Balmat, a graduate student at North Carolina State University. Together, she, I and a team of three locals walked every path, street, alley, and walkway in the town of Mango to gather data points to create their first town map. With the help of local Haitians we also gathered census information on the number of houses in the area and how many people were living there. We mapped key data points like churches and schools and created a final map that is currently being used by engineers to develop the town’s first water system. The map helped to separate the town into several zones to determine how many water towers were necessary and where to place them. Ultimately the map will be used to create street names and generate house numbers with a goal of getting mail brought to the community. Collecting data and analyzing it provided actual experience and context for what I am learning in the field of public administration. The project furthered my experience towards my professional goals to work in the field of sustainable development.”