Meet our members: Kasturi Shah!

Who are the volunteers behind the projects? 

Kasturi was born and raised in Mumbai, India, studied in the UK for a little while and then in the US to earn her undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton. There she discovered a passion for water.

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Kasturi, what's your day job?

I work in climate research at Climate Central and Columbia University, for instance researching extreme climate events across the world and modeling climate impact. Actually, some of my work has explored the current drought in Kenya.

What's your role in EWB? 

Co-lead of the Misuuni Program
 
What made you first join EWB?
The co-leads of my university's EWB Peru Program were REALLY funny. The more involved I got, the less funny I realised they actually were...

What’s your favorite thing about EWB?

 

Broadly speaking, getting to know people I've met in the countries I've worked. Nothing beats doing back-breaking work in the foothills of the Andes, trenching, mixing concrete, carrying pipe for kilometres...but laughing so hard the whole way! for years to come.

 

What’s the biggest challenge with EWB?

 

Getting a call from the community we worked with in Peru 6 hours before my flight took off to Nairobi, to find out that a horrific flash flood had caused many deaths in the area we worked in and had damaged parts of the water systems. And then trying to catch my flight and prepare for a work conference and for taking more EWB data. Life goes around and us with it, but that taught me that I should cherish each 

  

How do you balance your time between your day job and volunteering with EWB?

By burning the midnight oil and prioritising

 

How has EWB impacted your life?

It gives my life more purpose, has broadened and deepened my world view, fostered very meaningful friendships, helped me discover a passion, was the beginnings of inspiration for my thesis, has shown me what I can and can't do ... I could keep going!

 

What's next for you?

We begin work on our implementation reports while planning more exciting fundraisers in New York City!

 

What would you say to people who want to get involved?

Email us at misuuni@ewbny.org and just come to a meeting. Ours is a fast-paced and dynamic project but with a fun-loving team!

 

Complete the sentence: How much pipe would a tank pipe if a tank could pipe to a tank?

.... Clearly outdid myself when I thought of this question ...

 

Thanks, Kasturi!

Donate today to help Kasturi and the Misuuni team bring potable water to the Misuuni community and complete this project. 

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