Temple University Chapter
We are the Temple University student chapter for Engineers Without Borders and we are asking for support for our upcoming international engineering project. Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is an international organization whose goal is to build a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. EWB focuses on a community driven approach to providing long term engineering solutions. In keeping with the EWB community driven approach, we have partnered with a community in rural Peru and are assisting them in gaining access to clean drinking water.
The community we have partnered with is the small agricultural village of Saccha in northern Peru. The community lacks access to clean water and it contributes to disease, poverty, and death. The community is very motivated to bring clean water to their village. We will work with the community members to tap a local spring, purify the water, and pipe it to the village.
Our chapter has committed to active involvement in the community for at a five-year period to ensure success, beginning in 2016 and continuing through 2021. We are supported by the Philadelphia professional EWB chapter, our faculty advisors, and our professional engineer mentors. We have completed an initial assessment trip which accomplished surveying and monitoring the community to ensure the project is successful and sustainable. A small group of students, professional engineers, and faculty traveled to Saccha, in January 2017, for this assessment trip. On this trip we strengthened our relationship with the community, surveyed the spring and potential pipeline routes, and surveyed the community to gather baseline data.
The project is currently in the Implementation Phase. In January 2018, Temple EWB will be traveling to Saccha to begin implementation of a clean drinking water plan we have designed along with guidance from our advisors and faculty at Temple University. The plan consists of a disinfection and distribution system design that will provide the community with a constant source of clean water via a collection system, storage tank, and a distribution pipe network. At the conclusion of the implementation phase of our project, each Saccha community member will have readily available access to clean drinking water at their residence. We will then continue to work with the community, over the next three years, to resolve any issues that may arise after the implementation of our design.
The expense of traveling to Peru to carry out the project is one of the largest hurdles the team faces. Each trip we are responsible for covering all the costs which include: materials, skilled labor, transportation, and food. As a team we are working hard to raise money to fund the trip and assist Saccha.
Please consider the opportunity you have to help these people in need of clean water. This project will have a long-lasting impact on the community that will last for generations. If you have any questions, please contact us via email. We greatly appreciate any support you can give. We are a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization and your donation is tax deductible.