The great work and technology of our Filipino partner AIDFI, using improved ram pump technology for destitute communities, is receiving well deserved international visibility. If they win the BBC World challenge, they will get even more visibility, and a nice amount of cash to boost the number of projects and villagers they can reach. The winner is determined by votes from internet users like you, so you can help them this time with no donation required, by contributing your vote BY NOVEMBER 11th.
You can watch the latest TV documentary at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkhpeFHApQYThe BBC voting page, along with a shorter presentation, are at:http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/2010-finalists-project08.php
Thanks for all you do.
October 2010: For the last 6 months, food production and irrigation work have been given priority over electrical work. In addition, the heavy rainy season has impeded access to the community for engineering work. So there has been no progress on the electrical generation and distribution system.
Official commissioning of the electrical system is scheduled for November, and will be followed by a more in-depth report.
Thanks for your interest and support.
The team comprised of 4 students from the Norhtwestern University chapter of Engineering for a Sustainable World (ESW) and Michel Maupoux from Green Empowerment, was on site for 4 weeks ending July 20, 2010, to participate in the construction of a dual ram pump system in Tres Hermanos. The project was successfully completed in that time.
As I was out of commission for two weeks due to dengue fever, the students did a great job of participating and documenting the whole installation, showing that installing the pumps themselves is only a part of the work. This particular system was comprised of a network of pipes for lifting water and for its distribution, made of 6km (~4 miles) of pipes.
Attached is the system construction report filed by the students, with photos showing the hard work and its results.
Enjoy, and thanks for your support.