2017 Year-End Campaign

Rocky Mountain Professional Chapter
  • My Goal:
  • $6,000
  • Raised So Far:
  • $7,015
  • # of Donations:
  • 92
$7015 of $6000 goal
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Building a Better World Through Engineering Projects That Empower Communities to Meet Their Basic Human Needs


We assist indigenous communities in the remote and mountainous Ixil region of Guatemala as they work to ensure that all their residents receive consistent and sufficient access to clean drinking water.

Over 180 families participated in digging trenches for for the pipe in phase 1

The Engineers Without Borders Rocky Mountain Professional Chapter (EWB-RMP) is currently preparing to help implement the second phase of a water distribution system augmentation in the community of Sumal Grande.

Sumal Grande is a community of approximately 1200 people located at the end of a three hour dirt road outside Nebaj, the local city in the Ixil region of Guatemala. This area was very heavily impacted by the violence of the Guatemalan Civil War which lasted into the 1990s. The war disrupted the community members’ way of life and they are still in a process of recovering.

Before this project, Sumal Grande had a semi-functioning water system that did not work continuously or provide water to all members of the community. The community has had a great desire to improve their system and provide water to everyone equally. They organized, raised significate funds for the project, bought land rights, built some system improvements, and worked with local grassroots organization to find outside assistance, all before EWB-RMP ever became involved.

Due to the mountainous terrain and complexity of expanding the system, the Sumal Grande volunteer community water committee requested to partner with EWB-RMP for help with the technical design and funding for the project.

Discussing the spring catchment constructed by the community and ACCMARI

In March 2017, EWB-RMP traveled for the first phase of construction on the water supply project in Sumal Grande, which our team performed an assessment for the previous year. The phase 1 implementation consisted of building a new spring catchment box to collect water and protect it from contamination, building a water conduction line from the new spring source to a connection point in the existing system, adding distribution lines to homes not previously connected to the system, installing float valves in existing storage tanks, and incorporating flow meters to better understand the how the system is functioning.

This spring, with your help, we plan to help the community complete their system upgrades. This will likely include at least one new water storage tank, piping to a new section of the community, additional water quality treatment, and tweaks to the existing system to improve its performance and sustainability.

Members of the Sumal Grande water committee and RMP celebrate the completion of phase 1

Your contribution will be used on items such as pipes, flow meters, float valves, cement, water quality testing equipment, and travel.

The community members supply volunteer labor, land and resource rights, flow reducers, new distribution line materials, wood for formwork, stone for making concrete, and free lodging and meals for EWB travelers while they are in the community. They also pay an ongoing maintenance fee and commit to managing the operation of the system.

Our in-country NGO partner, La Asociacion de Comites Comunitarios Medio Ambiental de la Region Ixil (ACCMARI), provides logistical support, sanitation and hygiene education, translation services, and maintenance training.

The EWB volunteers contribute technical investigations, fundraising efforts, engineering services, material takeoffs, construction oversight, and a portion of their travel costs to Guatemala.

Children from Sumal Grande

Help us support Sumal Grande by making a donation today. The process is fast, easy, and secure. Whatever you can give will help -- it all adds up!

Our chapter and the communities we work with truly appreciate any support you can provide. Your tax-deductible gift will make a difference in many lives. Thank you!

 

Find more information about our chapter at EWB-RMP.org

   Follow us @EWBRMP

Engineers Without Borders USA is a 501(c)3 organization.

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Building a Better World Through Engineering Projects That Empower Communities to Meet Their Basic Human Needs


We assist indigenous communities in the remote and mountainous Ixil region of Guatemala as they work to ensure that all their residents receive consistent and sufficient access to clean drinking water.

Over 180 families participated in digging trenches for for the pipe in phase 1

The Engineers Without Borders Rocky Mountain Professional Chapter (EWB-RMP) is currently preparing to help implement the second phase of a water distribution system augmentation in the community of Sumal Grande.

Sumal Grande is a community of approximately 1200 people located at the end of a three hour dirt road outside Nebaj, the local city in the Ixil region of Guatemala. This area was very heavily impacted by the violence of the Guatemalan Civil War which lasted into the 1990s. The war disrupted the community members’ way of life and they are still in a process of recovering.

Before this project, Sumal Grande had a semi-functioning water system that did not work continuously or provide water to all members of the community. The community has had a great desire to improve their system and provide water to everyone equally. They organized, raised significate funds for the project, bought land rights, built some system improvements, and worked with local grassroots organization to find outside assistance, all before EWB-RMP ever became involved.

Due to the mountainous terrain and complexity of expanding the system, the Sumal Grande volunteer community water committee requested to partner with EWB-RMP for help with the technical design and funding for the project.

Discussing the spring catchment constructed by the community and ACCMARI

In March 2017, EWB-RMP traveled for the first phase of construction on the water supply project in Sumal Grande, which our team performed an assessment for the previous year. The phase 1 implementation consisted of building a new spring catchment box to collect water and protect it from contamination, building a water conduction line from the new spring source to a connection point in the existing system, adding distribution lines to homes not previously connected to the system, installing float valves in existing storage tanks, and incorporating flow meters to better understand the how the system is functioning.

This spring, with your help, we plan to help the community complete their system upgrades. This will likely include at least one new water storage tank, piping to a new section of the community, additional water quality treatment, and tweaks to the existing system to improve its performance and sustainability.

Members of the Sumal Grande water committee and RMP celebrate the completion of phase 1

Your contribution will be used on items such as pipes, flow meters, float valves, cement, water quality testing equipment, and travel.

The community members supply volunteer labor, land and resource rights, flow reducers, new distribution line materials, wood for formwork, stone for making concrete, and free lodging and meals for EWB travelers while they are in the community. They also pay an ongoing maintenance fee and commit to managing the operation of the system.

Our in-country NGO partner, La Asociacion de Comites Comunitarios Medio Ambiental de la Region Ixil (ACCMARI), provides logistical support, sanitation and hygiene education, translation services, and maintenance training.

The EWB volunteers contribute technical investigations, fundraising efforts, engineering services, material takeoffs, construction oversight, and a portion of their travel costs to Guatemala.

Children from Sumal Grande

Help us support Sumal Grande by making a donation today. The process is fast, easy, and secure. Whatever you can give will help -- it all adds up!

Our chapter and the communities we work with truly appreciate any support you can provide. Your tax-deductible gift will make a difference in many lives. Thank you!

 

Find more information about our chapter at EWB-RMP.org

   Follow us @EWBRMP

Engineers Without Borders USA is a 501(c)3 organization.

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