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The Organization   

    Engineers Without Borders is an international non-profit organization focused on meeting the basic human needs of developing communities around the world. In addition to the many professional and student organizations that complete projects, there is a complete logistic framework and headquarters team established to ensure that all projects are completed successfully, ethically, and sustainably. 

    The Princeton University chapter is a student run subsidiary of EWB-USA that enables Princeton students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real world engineering problems. The PU-EWB chapter currently has three open projects: Kenya, Peru, and the Dominican Republic, each of which are working on water supply and distribution. All three of the teams are currently in the implementation phase of the project, and along with their professional mentors will be traveling into their partner communities to construct their designed solutions this summer. Check out our website here!

The Peru Team

Team members discuss the potential path of the pipeline with a community leader

    The Peru team works in the community of Pusunchás, which is made up of 120 families and currently most community members have to travel long distances to fill up buckets of water from streams for personal and household use. Not only is this inefficient, but the water that they collect is unsanitary and not ideal for community use. The community is forced to use this method because they have not had a functioning water system for 25 years, as their previous water source dried up and was insufficient to sustain the growing community. In addition, Puscunchás has been promised potable water by various government officials for the past 12 years, yet these promises have largely gone unfulfilled due to lack of governmental funds. The community has identified a viable water source 3 kilometers away from Pusunchás, and EWB Princeton will work together with them to erect a sustainable, gravity-fed water system bringing water from the source to each house in the community. Having completed the routing of the pipeline, water testing on potential water sources, and the legal documentation required to build the pipeline through certain properties, this summer, we will begin to build the first phase of the water system, laying down the pipeline and building the water system structures (e.g. the springboxes and source capture).

The Kenya Team


                                                    

                         Team members and community celebrating the decision to drill a borehole in summer 2017.


    The Kenya team of the Princeton chapter of Engineers Without Borders has been working in the Kuria West region of Kenya since 2013. Since 2013, we have successfully implemented two rainwater catchment systems in the village of Muchebe and one in the village of Komosoko. Last summer we decided to partner with the community of Kubweye because we were extremely impressed by the initiative that the school has taken to apply for government funding to construct new dormitories and a new kitchen to support a larger student body. The existing 1000L rainwater catchment system at the primary school is not enough water for the staff and students, and they must waste valuable school hours obtaining water. As such, we will work with the community to drill a borehole that will provide a dependable and easily accessible source of water for the students. Having performed a professional hydrogeological survey on the school property within the last year, we have determined that the groundwater is sufficient for a borehole and have begun negotiations with a vetted Kenyan drilling company. This summer, before moving on to the next stage of our project, in order to improve the community's water supply, we are investigating the possibility of repairing a nearby water treatment plant, developing our existing borehole, or drilling another borehole next year.

The Dominican Republic Team    

Community and team members work together to map the existing pipeline

    The EWB Dominican Republic team at Princeton is currently working to bring potable water to a rural community of 130 households (which equates to approximately 600 individuals) called El Cajuil. In August 2016, a travel team assessed the site and determined that distribution inefficiencies and possible leaks are greatly reducing the delivery of water through an aging pipeline system. This year, we will implement a proposed design consisting of assorted improvements (including fixing leaks to cut down on water wastage; installing float valves to increase storage in the current reservoir; installing a chlorination system to reduce pathogen levels in the water; etc.) to the distribution system, bringing much needed water to all houses of the community. 


Use of the Funds


    Typically, funds used for EWB-Princeton projects are compiled from a combination of university-affiliated and private donors. A majority of EWB-Princeton's funding is provided by Princeton University student funding engines, as well as university-affiliated organizations, such as the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Keller Center for Entrepreneurship & Education Innovation. Our private donors have included Mr. James Leitner and Professor Tracy Higgins.

 

    However, as we are entering into the design and implementation phases for our three international projects, and considering the fact that the scale of our projects have increased considerably, we have seen the projected budgets of our projects rise considerably. As such, in order to meet the number of funds needed in order to successfully achieve our objectives, we decided to start this crowdfunding campaign. We would be greatly appreciative of your help (every donation of any size matters!), and all of the money raised through this campaign will be used to fund the travel, construction, and implementation of the above three projects. The direct impact of your donation will be seen after construction is complete in early September.

Thank You to Everyone Who Helped Us Reach Our Goal 

  Published on Sunday, May. 14, 2017 at 05:54 PM (EST)

On behalf of the entire Engineers Without Borders (EWB) team at Princeton University, the EWB-Princeton Board would like to sincerely thank youall our supportersfor the donations you made to our crowdfunding campaign. Thanks to your generous contributions, we reached our $10,000 funding goal only two days into our campaign’s official launch!


When we started this campaign, we were overwhelmed by the amount of support we received. Now that the campaign has closed, we are happy to announce that due to your efforts, EWB-Princeton will be able to send thirteen volunteers abroad this summer. Additionally, we will be able to cover a large portion of the construction and implementation costs of our three sustainable water systems in Peru, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic. As such, we are one giant leap closer to ensuring the success of our initiatives, and we can keep on doing what we do best—furthering international development through sustainable engineering solutions!


Again, thank you so much for your generosity, and we look forward to personally updating you with the results of our work after this summer. Additionally, feel free to check out our website at ewb.princeton.edu, as we will be periodically posting blog posts during the course of our travels, so that you are able to see what you have helped us do!


Our Sincerest Gratitude,

The EWB-Princeton Board



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3-inch PVC Connector

Give $10

For every $10, our Dominican Republic team can purchase a 3-inch polyvinyl chloride (PVC) connectors to connect two 3-inch pieces of pipe.

1-meter borehole

Give $25

With every $25, our Kenya team will be able to drill and increase the depth of our borehole by 1 meter.

1-meter steel well casing

Give $50

With every $50, our Kenya team will be able to encase 1 meter of our drilled borehole with steel, including installation labor costs.

Water flow rate meter

Give $100

With every $100, our Dominican Republic team will be able to purchase a water meter that will be used to detect leaks by monitoring the flow rates throughout the system.

Installation Cost for Pressure Break

Give $250

With $250, our Peru team will be able to cover the installation labor costs for incorporating one pressure break into their pipeline system, which will prevent pipe rupture after steep elevation changes.

Hydrogeological Groundwater Survey

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For $500, our Kenya team will be able to conduct a hydrogeological survey to confirm the presence of groundwater at a given location.

Flight to Lima and 3 Tapstands

Give $1,000

For $1000, our Peru team can purchase a round-trip flight for a travel team member or mentor to Lima, as well as cover for the materials and labor needed to construct 3 tapstands (which deliver drinking water from water storage tanks to the community).