There has been a lot of progress for our Engineers Without Borders team in the past few months. We would first like to thank our recent donors; every contribution helps us reach our goals! Last month we welcomed in our new leadership. I, Samantha Hardy, along with my friend Zayna Pieper are the new Project Managers. We also welcomed a new Treasurer and Education Team Lead.We hope to grow our team, financially and physically, while speeding up our current construction plans in hopes to build two systems every year instead of one every other year, as we do now. That means more than ever we need your help! An average system costs $24,000 which we cannot meet without your help.
We are ramping up for our assessment trip at our new site. Our travel team has been preparing for our two week trip to Kibaya. We are excited to meet with the community water board and discuss plans for future construction. We will also be checking into our previous systems and ensuring they are still providing community with viable drinking water. As an Engineers Without Borders team, we are obligated to serve each community for five years after construction. This period serves to acclimate the community to the new system, and gives them a reliable source when any problems arise. Luckily, we have never experienced a problem with our systems and are excited to close out three of our five systems in the upcoming year.
We recently faced a financial obstacle that has greatly affected our ability to work in country. Our main source of funding, through which we usually obtain $20,000-$30,000 annually, has cut back funding to only about $5,000. This is a major set back for us this year and although we are still able to follow through with our travel plans this year, travel in the future will be greatly diminished. We are hoping to utilize GlobalGiving and other sources more in the upcoming year, and we thank you in advance for your donation and cooperation.
Thank you for your help to this point and we look forward to working with all of you in the future,
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