US (KS): Students develop hydroponics system for Haitian orphanage

A group of Pittsburg State University students is trying to leave its mark in the world by developing a hydroponics system for an orphanage in Haiti.

The group, 20 to 25 students, makes up the university's team for Enactus, a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to create a better world. Enactus students at PSU, who come from majors across the campus, apply business concepts to develop community outreach projects.

Last year, Enactus set its sights on someplace different: Haiti, an impoverished country that in recent years has struggled with the aftermath of a deadly earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak. The students' initial idea was to find a way to encourage business among the Haitians and bring back some items they could sell at Krimson Kultuur.

Three students traveled to Haiti in April 2017 with a partner organization. But after a short time there, and after visiting an orphanage filled with children who had lost their parents in the 2010 earthquake, they discovered the locals didn't need business — they needed food.

"We came up with hydroponics as an answer," said Emily Vue, a senior from Gravette, Arkansas, who is majoring in international business and international studies. "Building (a hydroponics system) would mean the orphanages could grow their own fresh vegetables and then sell the extra."

Read more at The Joplin Globe (Emily Younker)

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