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Congratulations to our 2020-2021 office team as following:
- President: Joel Hollander
- Vice President: Nathan Erickson
- Secretary: Hannah Keely
- Treasurer: Auten Solvie
- Fundraising: Megan Proper
- Public Relations: Kirsten Lee
- Programming Chair: Claire Pohlman
- Training and Equipment Manager: Jacob Meiser
- Health and Saftey Officer: Emma Gilham
- Liaison: Peyton Kirchhoff
Congratulations and thank you for your hard work and willingness to step into larger roles within EWB-S&T!
As many changes have been occurring in the spread of COVID-19, our chapter president, Liz Lemieux, has sent out an email with all updates moving forward for our university chapter. As per EWB-USA mandate, all travel to in-country communities has been suspended until further notice. Missouri S&T has moved all in-person classes to an online platform for the rest of the spring semester, and suspending all spring activities. So following our university steps, EWB S&T remainder spring fundraisers and other in-person meetings and activities will be canceled for the rest of the spring semester. We will be moving to use online platforms to continue to accomplish what work we can do. We are a motivated team that will find ways to continue to help others within our community, as well as globally. Please stay safe!
Our chapter currently has a crowdfunding campaign going on through the Missouri S&T crowdfunding website. We are hoping to raise $5,000 for our Puerto Pando team which is traveling this May to implement a large portion of their project that will greatly improve the water quality for their community.
Follow this link: https://crowdfunding.mst.edu/project/5618
Make sure to go check out the video and see how you can help.
This year we are hosting a golf tournament at the St. James Golf Club. All proceeds go towards helping our communities in Guatemala, Honduras, and Bolivia. You can sign up as an individual for $75 or get a team of 3 together for $200. We will have a shotgun start at 1pm.
The fee you pay includes:
the green fee
2 drink tickets
dinner provided by Randy’s Roadkill
We have two specialty holes where prizes will be given to the winners. The specialty holes are closest to pin and longest drive.
We are selling Mulligans for $5 a piece or 3 for $10.
If you’d like to register please print off the flyer, fill it out, and return it to the address listed or contact Emily Echele at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please reach out to us. We hope to see you there!
Major milestones were reached during the Thanksgiving Implementation trip to Guatmala for the potable water project in Nahualate. The installation of a 20HP submersible well pump and the completion of the distribution system during a five day trip in November 2016 will bring clean running water to the 500 families living in the community. A team of 6 students and 2 mentors travelled to Guatemala to oversee the installation of the well pump and perform initial tests on filling the 15,000 gallon elevated tank. Working with our in-country partners the team accomplished their goals by pumping water to the tank and emptying the tank via the distribution system. The community of Nahaulate celebrated in this milestone and eagerly await the water system to provide clean drinking water in their homes. Only a few tasks remain before the system can be tested as a whole, namely the 3-phase power required to operate the well pump must be mended by the power utility in the area. We are working closely with this company and predict a successful start in early 2017.
How old are you?
What is your role in the community?
I am the sub-president for the urbanization of Puerto Pando. I lead when the alcalde (president/mayor) is not here.
How long have you lived in the community?
I have live in in the urbanization for the last 8 years.
What is your profession?
I attended university in La Paz for two years where I entered my studies in agricultural engineering and later came back here. I work as a carpenter by looking at furniture and then recreating it from what I saw. A so serving the community as the sub-president.
Why did you not continue education in La Paz?
La Paz was not home, I did not like the business of La Paz and I wanted to help those here. University taught me much but I could not continue and not help now. I did not have money to continue education at the university but I can still make money here.
How do you feel about the current water system in Puerto Pando?
Our water is not very clean. We must boil the water before we use it and sometimes there isn’t any water for us to use. Some people use the river for bathing and doing laundry because they don’t have any water near their homes. Our new system is working fairly well but there are problems with the tank that we know will cause it to stop working. We don’t like the color of the water because it is milky and is making people sick, especially the children. We are willing to work and do anything we can to get the community clean water but we don’t always know how.
Are you willing to help pay for the maintenance of a new water system?
Yes. I know that a new and better system might require the members of the urbanization to pay more and I know we all will help pay it. We pay a small fee currently for our system and if we can have clean water we are willing to pay what we must to make that happen.
What do you think about Engineers Without Borders being in Puerto Pando?
The students and adults are here to help our urbanization achieve our goal of getting clean water to the community. We have needed clean water for years and our system is not lasting. We are glad you have come because it means we will have water soon and things will be easier from now on.
Do you understand how we, Engineers Without Borders, help the community? We have been here for two days now and you have seen what we are doing. Do you have questions?
I understand that you are here to help everyone. You have asked the other (community members) questions about our water and the lives we have and I know that is for you to help. What you are doing with the machine, surveying the land, I don’t quite understand but I know it will help us because you have done this before. We want to help everyone succeed and that is why we have gone with you when you go in the jungle and to the spring. If we help you it can help everyone with new water. How long with it take to get clean water? [We do not have a set date but we will work as fast as we can.] What can I do and what can the urbanization do to help you? [I don’t know yet but we will have a list before we leave.]
In order for our organization to travel to Puerto Pando and other communities, we need the help of donors (people who give us money to help others, like Puerto Pando) who make it possible to come here and get you water. Do you have anything you would want to say to these people?
We are thankful for the help these students give us. We have just meet (together) and already I know they will help the urbanization. I understand you provide money to these students and that you make it possible to help us. For that I say thank you from my community and myself for finding and helping us. We hope you help others too like out urbanization.
The Day of the Dead 5K is one of our biggest fundraisers we do each year. It is held at Meramec Vineyards on the weekend of Halloween. It is a beautiful run and tends to be a very nice temperature at that time of year. It costs $20 to register before hand and $30 on race day, that registration fee also includes a t- shirt. To register for the race go to https://racesonline.com/events/engineers-without-borders-day-of-the-dead-5k-run.
In Los Eucaliptos we had a few projects to implement this summer, all working towards the common goal of providing potable water. The biggest task was the construction of the well house. The well house contains all of the electrical controls necessary to operate the system. It was completed with the considerable help of Celso, the community’s president and a mason, and other community members. There was existing galvanized steel pipe that we removed and rethreaded to go into the well house, through a pipe tree containing valves, and out by the well. To avoid possible contamination, we decided to install lot connections for each house in the community. This allows each community member to connect water to their house however they please without risking contamination to the system. The last project we started while in country was the fencing around the well house. After placing the posts and gate locations, the community knew how to finish the remaining work.
The completed well house Digging out old pipes
Following the completion of our implementation projects, we inspected systems we had installed in previous years. We found that the houses suffering from up seepage had not experienced any more following the installation of a French Drain last summer. The distribution piping was in good condition and only required minimal repairs following saddle valve installations. Last summer, we had to patch leaks on the water storage tank. This year we didn’t find any issues with the tank.
We placed a big emphasis on educating the community on all aspects of their system to ensure sustainability. The community had a heavy hand in the construction of the well house, which provides them with an excellent knowledge of how to maintain it. The community has an elected water committee to manage the system. The community’s electricity company, SETAR, installed electrical connections necessary to operate the well pump. With the implementation of these projects, as soon as the well pump is installed by COFADENA, the well drilling company, water will be flowing in Los Eucaliptos. The community has the necessary materials and knowledge of how to shock chlorinate their system after it is completed. This will achieve the goal of our work in Los Eucaliptos and will provide the community with a potable water system and the knowledge of how to maintain it.
Make sure to come to our pizza meeting August 31st to learn some more about EWB and of course eat some pizza.