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Dec 04 2012

Photography Exhibit to Show NYIT Global Community Collaborations

New York, N.Y.  (December 4, 2012)  ΜΆ  Images of New York Institute of Technology’s global outreach programs will be on display at NYIT Gallery 61 starting next week in an exhibition that highlights the university’s presence in underserved areas of the world.

“Community Collaborations: Africa, Costa Rica, and Peru,” includes 65 photographs from programs that give NYIT students opportunities to help communities in need. The exhibition through January 31 opens with a December 11 reception from 5 pm to 7 pm at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan campus. Photograph prices range from $50 to $300.

children of ghanaFunds from the sale of the images will benefit programs or specific efforts in the three areas. The images of Ghana, by students and photographer Karen Chandler, will pay for medical equipment at the Hawa Memorial Saviour Hospital, one of the sites Chandler and students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Health Professions visited last summer as part of the NYIT Center for Global Health.

“We were all struck by the physical and spiritual beauty of the Ghanaian people,” said Chandler. “They seem to smile through adversity and endure living conditions that are unheard of in the west.”

The photographs from Costa Rica depict an ongoing School of Architecture and Design project to build a recycling and education center in the coastal town of Nosara, which suffers from a municipal waste problem that threatens the health of local communities and isCosta Rica recycling center construction destroying a fragile ecosystem.

“The project is not only a key component in the long-term solution to the local waste management problem, it has the potential to become a model of sustainable waste management practices for communities in all of Costa Rica and other tropical countries,” said Assistant Professor Tobias Holler.

Holler is leading the project’s Kickstarter fundraising campaign, which aims to raise $9,000 to pay for travel expenses for students who want to return to Nosara in January to finish the construction they started in July.

Students’ photos from Peru were taken during two “Alternative Spring Break” projects in March 2011 and March 2012.  In collaboration with the International YMCA and the YMCA of Peru, trip participants worked on a water purification system, helped build a pharmacy and soccer court, and volunteered at an orphanage in Independencia, Peru.

“I want people to see NYIT out there in the community,” said Dyesha Durm, a sociology major who participated in the trips. “We actually can make a difference by going there.”

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