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My first day in Flint was a day I will never forget. As I was given the opportunity to install rain barrels at the houses of city residents, I witnessed the struggle every single person in Flint is faced with. I was immediately shocked by the faith, conviction and positive attitude each person has in their approach to a truly terrible situation. I witnessed that beyond the struggle of having no clean tap water, Flint is plagued with a tremendous amount of poverty and a lack of basic resources such as food and transportation. It was inspiring to see the people of the city rally together to fight the tough circumstances that has drastically altered the way in which they approach their lives. As I look forward to the rest of my time on the trip, I cannot wait to meet more people and hear more awe inspiring stories of hope and resilience.

– Aidan Bursten