Project #6564

Sustainable Irrigation for Rwandan Orphanage

by Engineers Without Borders - Boulder
Jan 23, 2012

Exciting Winter for EWB CU-Rwanda Projects!

Travel team meeting with Twa community
Travel team meeting with Twa community

Dear Friends and Supporters,

First and foremost, thank you! Because of your continued support of University of Colorado’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Rwanda student team, we were able to successfully wrap up our project at L’Esperance Orphanage this January. Our travel team, comprised of three students and a professional mentor, spent three weeks in Rwanda from December to January. During the trip, the team performed monitoring tasks on the irrigation system that was implemented in Summer 2011. Everything was found to be working great! The operation and maintenance was reviewed with the orphanage staff, which is now fully capable of maintaining and fixing the system, should it need repair.

The team’s last task at L’Esperance was to assess the potential for implementing a hydropower system sometime in the future at the orphanage to power fruit dryers. After measuring the flow rate of the property’s stream, the team met with the director of L’Esperance Orphanage to discuss his options. While it does not look like a hydropower system is feasible due to the stream’s low flow rate, the idea is still up for consideration.

After a little down time playing with the orphans, swimming in beautiful Lake Kivu, and copious amounts of goodbyes, it was time for the team to move on from L’Esperance and search for EWB Rwanda’s new project. The travel team spent the last weeks of their trip navigating throughout Rwanda in search of project locations to aid communities lacking basic necessities. By the end of the trip, three potential sites were determined. Now, we will work with each group through the application process to Engineers Without Borders-USA, in order to decide which community we will collaborate with next.  

For a sneak peak at some of the communities we could be working with next, as well as trip photos and stories, check out EWB-CU Rwanda’s team blog at

Once the application process is completed and the EWB Rwanda student team at University of Colorado has chosen its new direction, we will announce our new project on Global Giving. We are very excited about the potential for sustainable development in each of the communities that our team visited, and look forward to sharing the final results with you!

Once again, we thank you for continuing to support the Engineers without Borders- Rwanda student team at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Our trip was an immense success thanks in part to our donors and supporters, and I think the communities we work with would agree that without your support, our accomplishments would not be possible.

Moving forward, we are currently raising funds for our next project and plan to travel to our new worksite in Summer 2012. 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



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    Andrew Nelson
    Boulder, CO United States

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