Engineers Without Borders - Boulder

We aim to empower the people of Rwanda by providing high impact, low cost engineering solutions for communities in need. Specifically, our projects are used to meet basic needs such as water collection, education, and agriculture. We work alongside the communities to design and implement something that they can maintain and operate as their own. Our projects also give university students the opportunity to develop their engineering skills in the field.
May 8, 2014

Getting Started on the Ground!

A photo from our assessment trip last summer.
A photo from our assessment trip last summer.

Muraho!

A lot has happened since our last update! In past four months, we have completed final designs of all three rainwater catchment systems! These designs passed through Engineers Without Borders ineternal and external reviews with flying colors, and we are all set to implement them this summer! 

As a reminder, we have recently partnered with a locally-based non-governmental organization known as Village Makeover (VMO) to provide and improve water, hygiene, sanitation, and catchment systems to the Cyanika community, which is located in Northern Rwanda. Village Makeover and has worked side by side with EWB-USA CU to initiate a new project between the Cyanika community, Village Makeover and EWB-USA CU, and we are very excited to be involved! 

Although the details of each site vary slightly, the general idea of each structure is the same. Each system utilizes a roof to capture rainwater during the two local rainy seasons. The roof rests upon several columns which are built on a concrete and rubble foundation. The runoff water from the roof is diverted though a series of pipes, including a substantial first-flush system to remove contaminates, and into one of several 10,000L storage tanks, which are regularly cleaned and provide easy access to potable water. All materials and construction tools are locally sourced, and the community will be heavily involved in both the construction and maintenance of the systems.

EWB-CU is preparing to send seven students to county to work on the implementation of these systems, which will provide clean water year-round to the at risk members of several villages within the Cyanika community. As always, we are very grateful for your continued support and involvement through Global Giving. Thanks! Please feel free send any questions or comments to EWBRwanda@gmail.com, and make sure to check our website at http://www.colorado.edu/engineering/ewb/rwanda!

Sincerely,

The EWB-CU Rwanda Program

The Community Leadership Board
The Community Leadership Board
An existing example of the tanks we will be using.
An existing example of the tanks we will be using.
Working with community members
Working with community members

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Feb 5, 2014

Exciting Times in Cyanika, Rwanda

A site for a future rain-water catchment system.
A site for a future rain-water catchment system.

Muraho!

This is a very exciting time for the University of Colorado Boulder Engineers Without Borders Chapter! We have just partnered with a locally-based non-governmental organization known as Village Makeover (VMO) to provide and improve water, hygiene, sanitation, and catchment systems to the Cyanika community, which is located in Northern Rwanda. Although Rwanda has been economically improving and moderately stable in recent years, water accessibility and sanitation has always been the primary challenge for economic development in the country, particularly in rural communities. Currently, agricultural sectors dominate the Rwandan economy and ostensibly clean-water-access is a critical part of maintaining such an agriculturally-focused economy. Approximately 80-85 percent of the Rwandan population relies on successful means of agricultural to provide for their families and communities at-large, making water access and maintenance a core priority for the country.

Village Makeover has been collaborating with the Cyanika community since 2008 to provide clean water and education infrastructure to community members. Village Makeover and has worked side by side with EWB-USA CU to initiate a new project between the Cyanika community, Village Makeover and EWB-USA CU, and we are very excited to be involved!

Everything is running smoothly so far, and we have plans to construct the first two or three catchment systems from a series of 10-15 proposed sites this summer. EWB-CU is preparing to send six students to county to work on the implementation of these systems, which will provide clean water year-round to the at risk members of several villages within the Cyanika community. As always, we are very grateful for your continued support and involvement through Global Giving. Thanks! Please feel free send any questions or comments to EWBRwanda@gmail.com, and make sure to check our website at http://www.colorado.edu/engineering/ewb/rwanda!

Sincerely,

The EWB-CU Rwanda Program

 

Meeting with the community leadership.
Meeting with the community leadership.
Local children in Cyanika, Rwanda.
Local children in Cyanika, Rwanda.
Jan 17, 2013

Final Update - January 2013

Muraho!

Several major changes have occurred in the past three months. Due to insignificant funds, the CU Boulder EWB Rwanda team has been forced to abandon plans to construct a school for Rwandan Orphans. The design of the school was unable to be completed because the team lacked the funds to return to Rwanda. A motion to redesign the school to be smaller and cheaper was overturned by the Rwandan Orphans Project and the EWB Rwanda team because it would require more time and money than the organizations have. Additional developments on the side of ROP have forced EWB Rwanda to cancel the project entirely.

The CU Boulder team is now optimistically looking for new projects that will be more attainable and better serve the community. We are considering other options in Rwanda, several water projects in Cameroon, Uganda, Ghana, and Kenya, and an energy project in Ethiopia. Because the CU Boulder team is so large, we are considering splitting into two groups to tackle two of these projects. The final project selections and team designations will be complete by April.

As a team we are very grateful for your continued support and involvement through Global Giving. Thanks!

Please feel free send any questions or comments to EWBRwanda@gmail.com, and make sure to check our website at http://www.ewbrwanda.webs.com!

Sincerely,

EWB-CU Team Rwanda

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