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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 http://ewbcos.org/ 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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