Project #6564

Sustainable Irrigation for Rwandan Orphanage

by Engineers Without Borders - Boulder
Oct 31, 2011

Moving Forward in Rwanda

EWB-CU Rwanda Travel Team
EWB-CU Rwanda Travel Team

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We would once again like to thank you for continuing to support the Engineers without Borders- Rwanda student team at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After the immense success of our team's June 2011 trip to Rwanda, where we effectively installed an irrigation system for the fruit tree nursery at L’Esperance Orphanage, we are very excited to continue exploring the benefits that sustainable design can bring to this community.

Building from the success of our irrigation system, the director of the orphanage has requested that we focus our efforts for this year into three projects, all focusing on creating a sustainable solution by harnessing water for different uses. In December, the team will assess the feasibility of a micro-hydropower system that would supply energy for fruit dryers that the orphanage could use to convert their crops to products to be sold in international markets. This venture would be the next step for the orphanage on their path to financial independence. The second project is an expansion of the irrigation system that was designed and implemented earlier this year. The amount of profitable farmland at the orphanage is extensive, and enlarging the irrigation system allows the orphanage to increase its ability to produce crops for food and market. The last project the team will be assessing for this year is the design for a rainwater catchment system to supply a laundry and shower facility for the 130 orphans that call L’Esperance home.

Our team is quite busy presently, preparing for the trip to Rwanda in late December with the purpose of assessing the feasibility of new water power options to better support the health, nutrition, and education of the 130 children living at the L'Esperance Orphanage. As with all Engineering Without Borders projects, the purpose of our efforts remains to promote sustainability in the communities we work with. Therefore, in addition to assessing the feasibility of our new project designs, the team is also completing an operation and maintenance manual for the irrigation system and tap stands that were previously installed at L’Esperance. The team that travels in December will monitor the success of these past projects, and collect data to be included in this manual. Once completed, this manual will be given to the orphanage staff who worked alongside our team in the implementation of these projects.

We are still in the process of raising funds for our upcoming trip and projects, and your continued support of our mission through GlobalGiving is greatly appreciated. Please don't hesitate to send us questions, comments, or concerns at our email address; We really love hearing from our followers so please be in touch. Also, if you missed any of the action, check out our recently updated our team website:



EWB-CU Team Rwanda

Orphanage Construction Site
Orphanage Construction Site
Team with orphans at L
Team with orphans at L'esperance



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Andrew Nelson
Boulder, CO United States

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