March 13-17 Buseesa Travel Team: from Julie Amenta:
March 17th well video:
March 13: After getting a flight cancelled in Belgium, we got to spend a night in Brussels on Brussels airlines dime. We made it to mpala safely on Sunday night and buseesa on monday.
Met with BCDC members , visited well (7.75 m deep and water at 4m) they are still developing today. Tried drilling in 3 places but hit rock. Community members have mobilized rock sand. Clay and cement. Community meeting tomorrow. Concrete day tomorrow! New drill team freedom drillers
We did water quality testing at spring yesterday. Francis arrived today. Supplies are colleectes. Community meeting Thursday 12pm. Concern that community wasn’t serious
About spring because no one was there at first but possibly because it is planting season.
Visited spring from last year! Flow and visually looks good! Recognized two gentleman from 2016. Explained how pipes and valves will be used to take water from tank and box
Andrew interviewed a community member and Paul is Being a great hso and accountant :) both have great ideas for construction implementation. Paul loves the motorbike.
April 7th Regional Workshop (free!) at U. Toledo (click for further details)
Thank you to Elite Biomedical Solutions for their generous donation to our Chapter!
Thank you to Hazen and Sawyer for your support of Julie Amenta's and Paul Krehbiel's Uganda travel!
Our Chapter is delivering water and bio-energy projects in Uganda, mentoring future engineers involved in local university EWB student chapters, and supporting nonprofits in our community. We are partnered with a community in rural western Uganda called Buseesa. Most residents are subsistence farmers with an average daily income of $1.25. The community has asked us to support projects that improve access to water and we've installed a shallow well with additional water supply sources on the way. We've also helped to install an animal manure sourced bio-digester at a local school (Srs. of Notre Dame) as an alternative cooking fuel source replacing increasingly scarce and polluting wood. More recently we've expanded our water resources outreach to a community in southwestern Uganda called Kabingo. We also continue to work on projects within our own local communities working with a non-profit (Happen, Inc) to develop handicapped access to a garden in Northside, on educational programs for children in the community and on other engineering related needs.
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