Posted on Jan 05, 2016
Kengthsagn Louis is a junior at Skidmore College who spent this past summer building a science laboratory at her former high school in Port au Prince, Haiti.
Kengthsagn was awarded a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant to fulfill the dream of equipping her former school with a classroom and laboratory supplies the students never had access to before.  As a student at this all girl’s school, Kengthsagn’s passion for science was muted due to the lack of facilities and supplies.  Through this competitive grant process at Skidmore College, Kengthsagn’s hope is to promote peace by “increasing the students’ aptitude to draw connections between social issues and science, and take actions in their communities based on those connections.”  Kenthsagn’s Davis Projects for Peace grant was also augmented by generous support from the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club and some additional funding and guidance from Krackeler Scientific, an Albany based laboratory supply company.  Kengthsagn will give a presentation, share photos and answer questions about this incredible undertaking, artfully implemented by such a dynamic 23 year-old college student!