Engineers Without Borders - Valparaiso University is a service-based organization consisting of university students from all majors committed to partnering with international, national and local undeveloped communities to effect transformation change through common action. EWB-VU seeks to aid these communities by using technical and engineering skills to design and implement sustainable projects which incorporate environmental and cultural awareness and which aim to broaden the global perspective of our local community.
EWB - Valpo is working with the village of La Palma in Nicaragua to help rehabilitate their water distribution system. This project aims to improve the distribution tank that overflows at night and wastes a lot of water. The EWB - Valpo assessment trip during the summer of 2013 explored solutions to these problems, and surveyed the area so we understood the water distribution system. This trip provided enough information for EWB - Valpo to begin the design of improvements for the piped water system.
EWB - Valpo may also look into the water treatment methods the village currently uses.
For this project EWB-Valpo has been collaborating with Fundacion Entre Volcanes (FEV), which is the Non-Government Organization that EWB-Valpo is coordinating with to work with the people of La Palma.
If you would like to join us on this project, contact EWB- Valpo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Organizations can also help us in our project by donating. EWB-Valpo is grateful for any support we can get in our work.
Success in Tanzania (2012)
In summer of 2012, the EWB-Valpo team once again traveled to Maesera, Tanzania, to continue its rehabilitation of the Maesera canal project. The 2012 trip had implementation, assessment, and mentorship character. Our Valpo team worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Maesera-Kilema community on rehabilitation of 8 problematic areas which generated the most concern to the normal functioning of the canal. The community, starting to develop more and more sense of ownership for the canal, determined these “problematic” points during our team’s absence and requested us for technical assistance. While working with community members on construction sites, EWB-Valpo students were able to see how much of technical knowledge the villagers had acquired from previous EWB-Valpo work in the community and how much more they could potentially learn. All planned repairs were complete in less than a week and the rest of the time EWB-Valpo team dedicated to the canal survey whose focus was to accurately determine the water quality in the area. The water survey and GPS mapping of the village were planned in order to help us try and come up with the best sustainable practice to provide the village of Maesera with a clean water access. The Valpo students had more time to interact with the villagers and to experience hardships of their daily life while walking their routine routs to fetch water.