Access to Science and Microscopic Diagnosis in DR

Education is one of those things that we tend to overlook. Out of the 2 billion kids that reside in this beautiful planet that we call home, half of them live in poverty. That means that the gifts, talents and skills of a billion kids go to waste and personally I believe it's quite concerning. In an interview, Manu Prakash a professor of bioengineering at Stanford University explains that in science we have kind of a crisis of accessibility and his idea which I firmly stand by is to make science accessible to everyone.

I came across Dr. Prakash’s work on paper microscopes I was just simply fascinated yet quite stunned to find out that very few people know of his work. The foldscope or the paper microscope is waterproof, extremely durable, and costs less than a dollar to make. When we combine these two tools were not only able to provide kids  access to science and an insight to a whole new world that cannot be seen with the naked eye but were also able to quickly, accurately and affordably diagnose diseases such as malaria without the need of being in a lab.

In July, 26 others and I will be heading down to a remote town in the Dominican Republic where I hope to be able to bring these items with me to inspire and give young minds the ability to experience science first hand, to work alongside local healthcare workers to teach how to use these tools from a medical standpoint and to just serve the community in whatever ways they need. The smallest help goes a long way, and that’s where you can join us.

Donating $1 means helping the fight at getting rid off the “in” in inaccessibility.
The funds will help us obtain all  the materials needed and cover costs of transportation.


Inaki Gomez
Markham, ON

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