A social innovator’s journey from India to M.I.T
Kashmir, India. In a neglected neighborhood, a coppersmith is struck down by typhoid after drinking contaminated water. As the sole breadwinner, his near death places a prodigious amount of financial pressure on his family. Determined to prevent a repeat of the experience, the man’s (then) 14-year-old son (Waseem) designs a portable water purifier made from scrap materials.
An additional 32 inventions follow as Waseem continues to look for ways to better the lives of his indigent community.
In the midst of working at a hostel in New Delhi, Waseem came across a Massachusetts Institute of Technology brochure. The brochure detailed M.I.T.'s much vaunted Undergraduate Program in Science, Technology, and Society. Waseem dreams of studying the Earth Sciences. He endeavors to educate himself on the latest scientific trends and technologies that will enable him to tackle issues afflicting the developing world; however, despite being a social innovator, Waseem struggles to get support.
Writing Stylist started helping Waseem outline, frame, and write his college application essays, at no cost. The team also assisted him in his preparation for the SAT and TOEFL, standardized tests that are inaccessible in Kashmir. Due to a lack of funds, Waseem initially used free online resources, such as Khan academy, to study. The Writing Stylist team discovered this and purchased additional test preparation materials to aid Waseem.
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