Help Provide Clean Water to Cyanika, Rwanda.

 
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Jul 11, 2014

First Round of Implementation Complete!

Muraho!

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!)

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!

Sincerely,

The EWB-CU Rwanda Program

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.

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