Paani in the News

OptiMize hits record $300,000 to fund student projects to address social issues, 4.2.2019

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“Some projects involve issues close to campus such as Building Successful Bridges, which will offer community and skill-building workshops for students of color at U-M. Others will take students into regional issues including First8, which provides education and resources to people affected by health disparities in Detroit and Hamtramck. Yet others will focus on issues in the broader world like Paani, a project to install water filters and offer health-focused education in Pakistan.”


Paani event focuses on water sanitation crisis in Pakistan and Flint, 3.21.2019

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, former director of the Detroit Health Department, gives a speech on the importance of sanitation and public health at the Ripple Effect event hosted by Paani, in Blau Hall Thursday evening.


“The crux in public health is sanitation,”  El-Sayed said. “The ability to simply say that water is going to be clean and pure so that you’re protecting kids from diarrheal illness, and the second part is that people are not living on top of each other, so they’re not breathing the same air.”





Paani Culture Night, 2.24.2019

“This was an event that we were excited for, because we were going to bring together eight different countries of people – Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Persians, Jordanians, Iraqis, Egyptians, Lebanese. These 8 countries suffer from serious sanitation issues. Millions have died as a result of these inhumane conditions, but billions have become desensitized to these tragedies just as the victims have become dehumanized. To make it engaging, instead of being an informational event, we were going to combine the engaging aspects of a social and the educational aspects of an info session to make a hybrid social advocacy event.”



Paani Cultural Night highlights sanitation crisis and importance of community building, 1.24.2019

More than 100 students filled the Rackham Assembly Hall as Paani and the Bangladeshi, Egyptian, Iraqi, Jordanian, Lebanese, Pakistani, Persian and Yemeni student associations shared various aspects of their culture, including food, dance and traditional clothing. The evening included a presentation, traditional dance performances from the Yemeni Students’ Association and the Iraqi Student Association among other events.