EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y.--Eight Tech Valley High School students will be providing aid while learning science while in Haiti for a week-long program.
When they arrive, students will teach farmers how to build solar powered dehydrators, and how to take an inventory of mango trees in the area of Comier, Haiti.
Leah Penniman, the student's teacher, said the solar power dehydrators will make mango crops more profitable.
"This will allow the famers to convert the unmarketable portion of their crop to useful product," said Penniman, who will accompany the students on their trip.
Freshman at TVHS designed the dehydrators as part of a science project earlier this year.
"It will be a humbling experience learning how difficult other people's lives are. While I'm sitting at home comfortable and well fed, they might be extremely hungry and in pain and with hardly anyone that cares enough to help them. I want to be one of those people who does care," said sophomore Jen Mosher, of Averill Park.
Students traveling to Haiti are:
Area residents can follow the students on this blog.