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Engineers Without Borders–USA

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									 Engineers Without Borders – USA
Colorado Springs Professionals Chapter




     A non-profit volunteer humanitarian organization
WHO IS Engineers Without Borders – USA?




Catherine A. Leslie, P.E.          Dr. Bernard Amadei           Doug Frisbie, Rotary Coordinator;
  Executive Director               Founder, EWB-USA               Administrative and Volunteer
       EWB-USA                Professor of Civil Engineering           Services Manager
                             University of Colorado - Boulder




          Ella Levy                      Kelly Latham, P.E.           Colleen O’Holleran
   Development Coordinator                Project Manager          Chapter Relations Manager
          EWB-USA                            EWB-USA                       EWB-USA
                 WHAT IS EWB-USA’s
                    HISTORY?


• EWB Founder Professor Bernard Amadei connected with a landscaper working in his
  backyard in 2001. He invited Dr. Amadei to visit his village in San Pablo, Belize. Dr. Amadei
  made a site visit and observed a village with no running water, electricity or sanitation. Little
  children carried water all day long from a nearby river. “I knew that, as a civil engineer,
  there had to be something I could do.”

• Dr. Amadei returned to San Pablo in May of 2001 with eight CU engineering students.
  Working with the local community, they installed a clean water system powered by a local
  waterfall. Simple, sustainable, and low-cost, the entire project was completed for $14,000.

• As he harnessed the power of water, Dr. Amadei decided to harness the power of student
  engineers to complete similar low-tech, high-impact projects in other developing countries.
  The result: Engineers Without Borders-USA.

• EWB-USA was officially incorporated in June 2002. There are now 12,000 members and
  250 chapters.
All EWB-USA projects are conducted through chapters
All projects have a P.E. overseeing the technical design of the project.




                               Kelly Latham, P.E.
                                Project Manager
                                   EWB-USA
            EWB-USA Projects
•   We work with more than 100 communities worldwide.

•   Project costs: $15 - $35K

•   Avg project: 12-15 volunteers


•   Travel teams: 4-8 volunteers.
EWB Sustainable Development projects:

•   water supply and sanitation
•   food production and processing
•   housing and construction
•   energy, transportation, and communication
•   income generation
•   employment creation
    WHO IS the Engineers Without Borders -
Colorado Springs Professionals chapter (EWB-COS)???



       President: Sean Keefe
       Vice-President: Pete Eisele
       Treasurer: John Marcotte
       Project Lead: Nicole Mosby
       Former President: Matt Grimes
       Mentor: David Longrie
     WHO IS the Engineers Without Borders -
Colorado Springs Professionals chapter (EWB-COS)???


  Established chapter in 2008: Matt Grimes, David Longrie,
   Nicole Mosby, Derek Phipps
  13 members as of August 17, 2009
  Fundraising in 2009 (grants, corporate donations)
  Successful assessment trip to Suncallo, Bolivia in May 2009
         EWB – Colorado Springs
          Professional Chapter
         Suncallo, Bolivia Project
Suncallo Community, Comacho Province, Tajani Canton
  Project Location: 15 ◦39′ 51″ S, 68 ◦58′ 34″ W   Elevation: 4,042m
The Community
The Aymara Indian culture pre-
dates the Inca Empire and is
geographically located in the
Titicaca Highlands of Bolivia
and Peru.

Although some modernization
has occurred in Suncallo, the
lives of these rural people still
reflect the ancient ways of their
ancestors.



                  A purely agrarian society, they survive
                  primarily though sheep ranching and
                  subsistence farming of potato and beans.

                  The rugged Andean mountain land has
                  been farmed and grazed for centuries,
                  creating significant challenges for
                  agricultural production and natural
                  resource management.
Region Map: Suncallo, Bolivia Project
    Location Map: Suncallo, Bolivia Project
              Project Location: 15 ◦39′ 51″ S, 68 ◦58′ 34″ W Elevation: 4,042 m




        Lake Titicaca




Suncallo is located 16 kilometers east of Lake Titicaca in the
Bolivian Altiplano—a flat region that lies between the eastern and
western cordilleras of the vast Andes mountain chain.
                 Lake Titicaca




SITE MAP: The community sits in rugged, mountainous terrain at 4000
meters. It is spread out about 1.6 kilometers along the hillside.
                 Lake Titicaca




SITE PHOTOS: The Suncallo community is spread out along the hillside.
May 2009 Assessment Trip - Suncallo, Bolivia
   The first stage of a planned aqueduct system for drinking water
               and sanitation for the Suncallo community.


  Participants:
   3 members of the EWB-Colorado Springs Professionals chapter (EWB-COS)
   3 members of the EWB-Air Force Academy Student chapter (EWB-AFA)
   4 members of Tulsa-based Engineers In Action (EIA)
   And the entire Suncallo, Bolivia community!
May 2005 Bolivia Assessment Trip Team




    Matt Grimes, President          Nicole Mosby, Project Leader           Derek Phipps, Team Member
          EWB-COS                           EWB-COS                               EWB-COS




  Tess O’Neil, Team Member          Marc Henning, Team Member             Amanda Johnson, Team Member
          EWB-AFA                          EWB-AFA                                EWB-AFA




Dr. Ruben Mamani, Consultant   Mike Keyse, Team Coordinator   Wilson, Translator    Catalina, Cook
            EIA                           EIA                         EIA                 EIA
                          ASSESSMENT TRIP SUMMARY

The site assessment trip allowed us to initiate a relationship with the community, as we
collected engineering data to more accurately define the scope of the project.

The Suncallo community leaders identified their top priorities:

 Increasing the capacity of the present drinking water system in order to provide service
 to the entire community

 Developing a solution for community sanitation
                          ASSESSMENT TRIP SUMMARY
Sanitation
There is only a small pit latrine inside a small brick building near the school. The latrine
has 4 stalls with a hole in the concrete floor and 2 showers. Obviously, this is inadequate
for a community of 55 families.




                                                                          Latrine




      Bathhouse

                                        Shower
                    ASSESSMENT TRIP SUMMARY

Guided by community leaders, EWB teams:
1) Walked the route of a proposed pipeline/aqueduct system
2) Took GPS coordinate data along the proposed pipeline transect
3) Examined the 2 spring-fed water sources...
                          ASSESSMENT TRIP SUMMARY
4) ...Took water samples and measured intake flow rates at the two springs with existing
   PVC inflow pipelines
5) Examined the existing condition of the PVC pipeline and its structural support across
   wide ravines
6) Installed a weir and measured stream flows along the valley floor
7) Documented agriculture and irrigation techniques
8) Collected and analyzed soil samples
ASSESSMENT TRIP SUMMARY
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                          ASSESSMENT TRIP SUMMARY
         During the assessment trip, we accomplished another important goal:
               to establish a respectful relationship with the community.




The public festival in honor of the “Ingenieros” also helped build a sense of friendship
and fellowship.
           Next steps for EWB-COS chapter:

                    Raise project funds
                Get training (Village Earth)
          Do preliminary design on new pipeline
 Start thinking about the educational portion of the project
                Plan a 2010 Assessment Trip
        Gather new professional chapter members
          Establish partnerships with other NGOs
 EWB-USA Chapter Projects: Examples

   EWB – Univ. of Missouri Science & Technology Student Chapter
              Bolivia Water & Latrine project (06:24)
    EWB - CU Boulder Student Chapter Rwanda project (03:10)

 EWB-Johnson   Space center BYOB water projects in Rwanda & Mexico (05:25)
Engineers, geographers, teachers, medical professionals...
Together, we can make a difference for future generations!

								
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