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Wasteland to Homeland: A Day of Global Service and Awareness

Hosted by em[POWER]’s Rutgers University Chapter (NJ, USA)

On April 26, 2010, hundreds of students, faculty members, and community members packed the Douglass Campus Center at Rutgers University to attend a full-day program hosted by em*POWER+’s Rutgers University Chapter, founded in 2009 by Nasir Uddin and Sho Ohata. The program’s main focus was to provide the general community with a holistic understanding of waste, education, poverty, landfill communities and the intersection of all of these concepts.

The program kicked off with an art exhibit revolving around artwork done by children living in landfill communities, including Kachra Kundi, to project their “voices.” The art exhibit also displayed fine art work from Rutgers students and local artists with a focus on the themes of poverty and waste. Following the art exhibit was a three-hour speaker event that featured guest speaker Phymean Noun, a CNN Hero of 2008 and the founder of the People Improvement Organization (Cambodia). In addition to Noun, the program featured em*POWER+ Rutgers’ first ever Business Plan competition, with a grand prize of $500, interactive activities, em[POWER] speakers, and live performances. All in all, it was a wonderful success!

Below is a sampling of photos from the event and art activity that led to the event. For more, go to

http://admissions.rutgers.edu/blogs/students/post/2010/04/27/emPOWER.aspx

 

 

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