Last January a small monitoring team returned from Rwanda with some good news! The three systems that we implemented in the summer of 2014 are working as planned! We are now back in the design studio making changes to our designs that will help future systems be more efficient, cheaper and more sustainable. And like always, fundraising efforts are in full swing!
As the school year draws to a close we are making preparations to send another two-person team to Cyanika to build relations with community members and to start planning location specifics for our next round of implementation. They will be in country for just under a month and will have plenty of time to work with the community on improving sanitation practices, informing system upkeep and discussing future plans.
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!
Our systems 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!
The EWB-CU Rwanda Program
This is a very exciting summer! We have just completed the first round of implementation and there are now three fully-functional rainwater catchemnts systems in the Cyanika community! This summer we sent seven students to Rwanda to help the community construct these systems, and everything turned out to be a great success! You can read all about their adventures on our blog here: http://ewbrwanda.blogspot.com/.
Our program is now back in the design studio and working towards the implementation of more rainwater-catchment systems this coming summer. We also currently have a team in Rwanda working on monitoring the initial systems and making sure that everything is in working order. The team will also so many surveys of both the surrounding land and of the community to determine the best way to continue our involvement in Cyanika.
Our program is now back in the design studio and working towards the implementation of three more rainwater-catchment systems this coming summer. We are also back on the fundraising track and have a lot of money to raise in the coming year! Every little bit counts!
This is a very exciting summer! Since our final designs for all three rainwater catchment systems have been completed and approved by EWB National, we have been very busy putting our plans into action! A group of four students just returned from our first month-long implementation trip, which was a great success. You can read all about their adventures on our blog here: http://ewbrwanda.blogspot.com/. During this first trip we laid the foundations for all three sites (which will be completed later this summer!)
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!
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!
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