In 2019, both EWB-UMN projects will return to their respective communities for stage two of implementation which we have been working on this school year. The work done by our student members alongside our partner communities would not be possible without the generous support we receive for our projects. Your tax-deductible contribution to Engineers without Borders - University of Minnesota Chapter through our CEGE Strategic Initiatives Fund will allow us to purchase the tools and materials needed to implement our engineering designs and supplement travel funds so we can succeed in our work.
Our current Guatemala project involves the installation of a water distribution system for the village of Paraxaj. Paraxaj is a rural community of around 1000 people located in the mountains of central Guatemala. They have no reliable year-round water source and the few unreliable wells have been found contaminated or run dry during the dry season. Seeing the success of our previous project in neighboring Xiquin Sanahi, the village leaders requested our chapter’s guidance in designing a safe and reliable system of water distribution for the community. This past August, we traveled to implement a water distribution system, including a well, water treatment system, tank, and six public access taps. In May 2019, we will return to extend our pipelines directly to 160 homes in the community.
"Our parents dreamed of a project like this, and the people have dreams of a well to have enough water for all their needs." -Paraxaj, Guatemala COCODE
This past May, our Ethiopia project traveled to Filakit, Ethiopia. While in-country, the travel team constructed a water catchment system, installed over 200 meters of piping, assembled the first of many drip irrigation towers, and built a prototype for a sustainable solar flat bread cooker.
The main concern in Filakit is the lack of water for their community of approximately 400 people. The community's crop yields are low and they have limited household water access during the extreme dry season. Through what was accomplished in May and what our team members are working on currently, we plan to address these problems and others as the scope of the project increases. Please, help sustain this project, which is expected to be the first of many in Filakit and other nearby communities.
We invite you to consider investing in the work we do to improve the lives of community members in Filakit Geragera, Ethiopia and Paraxaj, Guatemala. With your help, these implementation trips will continue our chapter's mission of improving the lives of people in underprivileged communities through student-engineered solutions! To learn more, visit our chapter website, ewb-umn.org!
Below is an outline of how your donation can benefit both EWB-UMN projects:
$12 - 20 Feet of Potable Water PVC Piping
$55 - Single Water Meter (Estimated 160 Units to be Installed)
$100 - 10 Bags of Cement (Estimated 80 Bags for Spigot Foundations and Dam/Catchment Tank Building)
$330 - Pressure Relief Box to Allow for Household Use of the Sanitary Water Pumped up from the Spring
$1,100 - Roundtrip Ticket to Guatemala for Team Member
$1,600 - Roundtrip Ticket to Ethiopia for Team Member
$12,000 - Average Total Material Cost for Implementation Trip
$49,072 - Total Cost Estimate for Both Trips Planned for Summer 2019
|Support for EWB-UMN Guatemala and Ethiopia 2019 Implementation Trips||Raised|