MURAMBA, RWANDA: WATER SUPPLY
Our chapter is very excited to have made a five-year commitment to a partnership with the community of Muramba, Rwanda. In January 2015, an EWB-Miami team of 4 traveled to Muramba to collect data on the community's water system and water sources. The team carefully collected water quality data, a site survey, a GPS-generated map, and individual community member surveys. EWB-Miami used this data in a return trip in May 2016 to construct a water storage tank and pipeline to expand water distribution in the community. In May 2017, a team of four returned to implement a spring box system to improve water quality and storage in addition to assessing options for both cook stoves to improve air quality in kitchens and hand-washing stations.
KABINGO, UGANDA: WATER SUPPLY
We are thrilled to be partnered with the community of Kabingo in Uganda. A team of two EWB-Miami students and two EWB professional mentors completed the first assessment trip in March of 2017 in order to determine the capacity in which our chapter could help their community. Following the assessment, our chapter has plans to return in January of 2018 to implement a water system that meets the community of Kabingo's needs.
MIAMI INSTITUTE OF FOOD: GREENHOUSE
Engineers Without Borders partnered with the Institute of Food at Miami University in order to build a movable greenhouse at a Farm in Oxford, Ohio. The farm, which is about 35 acres large is being used to promote greater awareness of food, health and sustainability on campus. Currently, about 8 acres has been dedicated for organic vegetable production and is given to Miami dining. In order to extend the growing season and avoid the potential of insect or disease buildup, Engineers Without Borders adapted Eliot Coleman's design from his book "The New Organic Grower" and built a movable greenhouse that can be pulled by a tractor to be moved. Greenhouses have many benefits depending on the season and to fully take advantage of this structure, this closed environment can be moved from time to time. The greenhouse is 60 feet by 12 feet and was completed in May of 2017. Our chapter looks forward to possible future partnerships with the institute of Food at Miami.
EWB-USA Miami University strives not only to maintain a strong international presence, but also to remain a partner of the local community. Our chapter members participate in trail and stream clean-ups, local water testing, STEM outreach to local schools, and engineering projects in the greater Cincinnati area on a regular basis. Our chapter has also flourished partnerships with other student organizations and nearby professional organizations.
CHAGUARPAMBA, ECUADOR: WATER SUPPLY
For around three years, EWB-Miami has partnered with Chaguarpamba, Ecuador, in improving their potable water system through addressing quantity, quality, and sustainability. Since our chapter has partnered with Chaguarpamba, they have successfully installed a water chlorination system, implemented regular water testing, and made improvements to their distribution system. Our team has travelled to the community four times and maintains regular communication with the community leaders and water board between trips.
In January 2014, our team collected the data necessary to generate a design recommendations report, a map of their current water system, and a hydraulic model of their current water system. In August 2014, our team plans to travel to Chaguarpamba to collect final data points for the map and hydraulic model, review the current drafts of the map and hydraulic model, and train the community on how to utilize the map and hydraulic model. Our team believes that the map and hydraulic model will allow the community to further sustain and build upon their existing water system in the future in order to meet the growing community’s needs.