Help Provide Clean Water to Cyanika, Rwanda.

by Engineers Without Borders - Boulder

Muraho!

We are 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.

The Rwanda team was very grateful to have a successful summer trip conducting both monitoring and assessment trip activities. The three previously installed systems required no major repairs and the team was able to hold several classes geared towards specific maintenance and repair strategies for the systems including a group tank cleaning session and a plastics lesson. In addition to checking on the old systems, the travel team was able to establish a new site where the next water system will be built. The team collected both the physical data from the site necessary to move forward with the design process as well as survey feedback from the community members.This insight into community member's lives will help EWB-USA CU Rwanda understand how these projects have impacted their experiences. Finally, the team was able to iron-out,with the help of local leadership, several issues that had arisen since the implementation of the last three systems. Overall, EWB-USA CU Rwanda accomplished everything they hoping to and are very excited to be planning and preparing for travel next summer to implement an additional rain water catchment system.

This semester we are starting to prepare for another round of implementation trips next summer. Fundrasing efforts, sustainability initiatives and design processes are in full swing as we reevaluate or system design based on what we learned over the summer. 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,

EWB-USA CU Rwanda

Bonding with the Local Community
Bonding with the Local Community

Muraho!

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.

The Rwanda team was very grateful to have a successful summer trip conducting both monitoring and assessment trip activities. The three previously installed systems required no major repairs and the team was able to hold several classes geared towards specific maintenance and repair strategies for the systems including a group tank cleaning session and a plastics lesson. In addition to checking on the old systems, the travel team was able to establish a new site where the next water system will be built. The team collected both the physical data from the site necessary to move forward with the design process as well as survey feedback from the community members.This insight into community member's lives will help EWB-USA CU Rwanda understand how these projects have impacted their experiences. Finally, the team was able to iron-out,with the help of local leadership, several issues that had arisen since the implementation of the last three systems. Overall, EWB-USA CU Rwanda accomplished everything they hoping to and are very excited to be planning and preparing for travel next summer to implement an additional rain water catchment system.

This semester we are starting to prepare for another round of implementation trips next summer. Fundrasing efforts, sustainability initiatives and design processes are in full swing as we reevaluate or system design based on what we learned over the summer. 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,

EWB-USA CU Rwanda

Muraho!
As we celebrate Indepedence Day here in the States, preparations are in full swing for our trip back to Rwanda this summer. We will be returning to our community to monitor our existing systems and to ensure that everything is in order for the construction of several new systems this winter. For this simple trip we will just be sending two students and one mentor for a little less than a month. Follow their adventures here: http://ewbrwanda.blogspot.com/!

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

Muraho!

Last January a small monitoring team returned from Rwanda with some good news! The three systems that we implemented in the summer of 2014 are working as planned! We are now back in the design studio making changes to our designs that will help future systems be more efficient, cheaper and more sustainable. And like always, fundraising efforts are in full swing! 

As the school year draws to a close we are making preparations to send another two-person team to Cyanika to build relations with community members and to start planning location specifics for our next round of implementation. They will be in country for just under a month and will have plenty of time to work with the community on improving sanitation practices, informing system upkeep and discussing future plans. 

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

Muraho!

This is a very exciting summer! We have just completed the first round of implementation and there are now three fully-functional rainwater catchemnts systems in the Cyanika community! This summer we sent seven students to Rwanda to help the community construct these systems, and everything turned out to be a great success! You can read all about their adventures on our blog here: http://ewbrwanda.blogspot.com/

Our program is now back in the design studio and working towards the implementation of more rainwater-catchment systems this coming summer. We also currently have a team in Rwanda working on monitoring the initial systems and making sure that everything is in working order. The team will also so many surveys of both the surrounding land and of the community to determine the best way to continue our involvement in Cyanika.

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

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