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Mosquito Traps

Nichole Montinola, Andrea Sonk, Millie Sturtevant, Natalie Longley, and Lily Gaffney

Participants in SPRINTParticipants in SPRINT, a program of SPU’s John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development

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They may look like “cheesy yard decorations,” but the 100 ProVector “flowers” that a SPRINT team installed in the Dominican Republic will help keep malaria and dengue fever at bay. The team of seniors Nichole Montinola and Andrea Sonk, juniors Millie Sturtevant and Natalie Longley, and sophomore Lily Gaffney traveled to the Dominican Republic June 17–July 6, 2013, to partner with Children of All Nations.

While hanging the traps, the women asked families about their mosquito situation. Almost all families reported having “muchos mosquitos.” Two weeks later the report was few or none.

“It was really cool to see that they had worked that quickly,” says Sonk, adding that another team will replace the bait in six to nine months.

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