President Gabriel Vazquez holding signs made by the SBU Supply Chapter. Photo credit The SBU Supply Chapter.
By Abigail Wolfenberger
Every year thousands of people are evicted from their slums and forced into even worse conditions by their government. The Supply Chapter at Stony Brook University is part of a non-
profit organization focused on educating those living in slums with hopes that these communities will be able to better their living conditions.
“We’re really just trying to think of new innovative, creative ways to spread our mission and spread awareness about our cause throughout campus,” President Gabriel Vazquez. “I think my main goal is to gather a good team together that’s passionate about the cause and what we do, and is willing to get our campus excited about it.”
The Supply was founded by Eddo Kim, in April 2010, after witnessing a vast difference in the quality of education in high affluent areas versus low affluent areas in Pennsylvania. Since then, multiple chapters of this organization have been popping up around the nation, including the Stony Brook University campus. Originally established by Olivia Burns, Vazquez, a junior, now serves as president for the Supply Chapter at Stony Brook University.
The Supply believes that with good education, people living in slums can build strong communities that no longer fall victim to their governments. The idea is to teach slum-dwellers about sustainability, such as how to get clean water, how to grow crops, and how to build durable housing.