Aug. 07, 2017 – For the next five years, the EWB Chapter at Yale will be working on a project in Naitolia Village in the Arusha Region of Tanzania, to improve the community’s access to clean water. Today, a team consisting of four undergraduates (Constance Lam, Patrick Hong, Madison Shankle and Annabelle Pan) and chapter mentors Dave Sacco and Prof. Jordan Peccia will leave for Tanzania on an assessment trip. Our goals are to better understand the current water problems in Naitolia and develop sustainable solutions to aid the community.
Me, in a pond.
Transcriptions from my journal, kept during EWB-Yale’s first trip (an assessment trip) to a village called Naitolia, in Tanzania.
On the way to JFK, during what I couldn’t know then would be the roomiest car ride of the next two weeks, seated next to five near-strangers while Toto’s Africa played applicably over the stereo, I didn’t know what to expect.
On the January 2016 trip to Cameroon, EWB Yale assessed a new spring source to bring additional water to the village of Roh. After deeming the source to be suitable, we set out again in May 2016 to work with the villagers on building a catchment to collect the spring water (which would eventually be connected to the village’s water storage tank with pipes).
Three members of our EWB team traveled to Cameroon this winter to meet with the community of Roh to review progress and assess next steps for reinforcing the system’s supply of water during the end of the dry season. Water shortages and breaking taps were some of the issues that were raised. We are exploring the possibility of adding a new spring source to provide extra water during the dry season, which will involve building a water catchment (to collect rainwater that has seeped into the soil) and 2 kilometers of pipe (to transport this water into the community).
Last month, members of EWB worked with Habitat for Humanity in New Haven in order to build a deck. This task involved saws, hammers, and concrete. The construction lead, Glen, offered guidance and instruction throughout the course of the project.
The Alcoa Foundation announced this week that EWB Yale was selected alongside four other Engineers Without Borders USA chapters to receive grant funding as part of the Creation of a Global Engineer Program.
As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Yale School of Public Health, Laura, Natalie, and Daniel represented EWB-Yale at the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in Boston.