The construction phase of the water distribution system for the village of Visibakvitz is complete!
The Engineers Without Borders Jacksonville Professional Chapter will continue to monitor the success of the project with the help of a local non-governmental organization. Our field team enjoyed working with the village, and wanted to share a few photos with our donors who make our projects possible.
Thank you for your support!
Another brief update! The Jacksonville Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders has submitted the final design for a water distribution system that will provide clean water to the villages of the Nebaj Municipality. Our Project Team Professionals are in the middle of a review process, working with EWB-USA to ensure that the design has covered every aspect of implementing a successful water distribution system that will meet the needs of the community.
After the plans are approved, the Chapter will be sending a team to oversee construction of the project in June. Stay tuned, and thank you for your support!
As mentioned in our last report, we are continuing our efforts to provide clean water to the villages of the Nebaj Municipality. Our Project Team Professionals are working hard to complete the design of the water distribution system for the village of Visibakvitz.
The water distribution system includes a water pump, storage basin, piping, and in-home sinks. As with all of our projects, the village is contributing 10% of the cost of the project to demonstrate their desire for the system to be installed. Our NGO partner in Guatemala, Agua Para la Salud, will work with the village to establish a Water Board. EWB-JAX will contribute to training the Water Board for maintenance and establishing protocol for troubleshooting, repairs, and handling collections of unpaid water bills. The distribution system will begin construction in May/June.
Thanks to all our donors who contributed to this project and made clean water and proper sanitation accessible to the Guatemalan schoolchildren in Xepiun and Xevitz. We could not have done this without you! Since construction is now completed in Xepiun and Xevitz, we will be sending updates on our monitoring efforts.
We are continuing our efforts to provide clean water to the villages of the Nebaj Municipality.We are now working on the design of a water distribution system for the village of Visibakvitz. We have started fundraising for Visibakvitz and will be posting a new report for Visibakvitz soon!
As always, thanks for your support!
Project Update: Guatemalan Schools’ Water and Sanitation Project Complete!
In April and May of 2010, the Jacksonville Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-JAX) traveled to Guatemala to implement their first project as a Chapter. While in Guatemala, the EWB-JAX project team traveled to the villages of Xevitz and Xepiun, about a 7 hour drive northwest of Guatemala City, to improve the water and sanitation conditions at two local schools. The team helped design and construct flush toilets, hand washing stations, septic tanks, a drainage field, and a seepage pit. With a little extra time, repairs to the existing structures were also completed, as well as proper education on healthy hygiene and sanitation practices, water conservation, and proper maintenance associated with their new facilities.
Implementation of the Chapter’s design is an experience that is rewarding for both the team of professionals and the benefiting communities. This was many of the travel team’s first time to Guatemala and many of the communities’ first time seeing foreigners. It took some time for both to feel comfortable with one another, but in the end the team and the community formed a special bond. The local masons were even enthusiastic about educating the project team on their method of working. For example, when the masons were building the concrete walls for the latrines, they patiently taught the volunteers, the techniques for laying concrete block, mixing mortar, and measuring various parameters. The masons eagerly showed the volunteers how to efficiently tie rebar together with steel wire. Lynn Roberts, with Agua Para La Salud, even offered a small reward to the person who tied the most, raising morale and increasing the speed. The local masons won hands down. The community clearly took ownership of the improvements in their villages; they were just as proud of the projects as our professionals who designed the project.
Thanks to all our donors who contributed to this project and made clean water and proper sanitation accessible to the schoolchildren in these two villages of Guatemala. We could not have done this without you!
Below are some pictures of our trip!
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