Two youths dance in a public square built by Kounkuey Design Initiative with local residents. The organization was co-founded by Chelina Odbert '99. Credit: Monica Almeida/The New York Times

Two youths dance in a public square built by Kounkuey Design Initiative with local residents. The organization was co-founded by Chelina Odbert '99. Credit: Monica Almeida/The New York Times

‘Miracle on a Shoestring’

NY Times Covers Chelina Odbert's ('99) Work in Impoverished Inland Community

Chelina Odbert ’99 co-founded Kounkuey Design Initiative to build badly needed public spaces for impoverished areas around the globe.

See the June 15 New York Times article on one of her efforts in the Coachella Valley titled: “Out of the Desert, A Miracle on a Shoestring.”

See the article on Odbert being named in 2012 one of “15 Emerging Social Innovators Most Likely to Become Leaders Who Will Solve the World’s Critical Challenges” by American Express.