Projects

Guatemala
The Guatemala program works within the municipalities of Joyabaj and San Martin, which are located in a mountainous region in western Guatemala, approximately 55 miles northwest of Guatemala City. The original water distribution project of the EWB-Guatemala program, the Pajuya Water project, was in large part implemented in January of this past year, and was completed by the community this spring. Currently over 400 community members in Pajuya are enjoying clean, potable water from a reliable source.

 

Ecuador
The project we are doing is in Tabuga, Ecuador, which is a community of about 400 people on the northern coast. As of now, the community does not have access to clean drinking water, and obtain their water from streams that feed two open cisterns, which are highly contaminated with e-coli and dead animals. Over the next few years, we will be implementing a spring box system to bring their community potable water.
Five years ago, Rotary club came in and built a pump house to eventually give Camarones, a neighboring community, potable water; however, the government of Camarones never followed through on funding the installment of pipes to connect the pump house and the community, so neither the people of Tabuga nor those of Camarones ever reaped the benefits of the Rotary Club’s work.

 

Uganda
The Uganda project is working in the community of Lweza, a village that is just south of the capital city of Kampala. We are working with the organization Village Health Project to provide the citizens of Lweza with clean water. Currently, the two main water sources in the community are contaminated with E. Coli and other harmful pathogens. Our goal is to install a clean source of water and educate the community to improve their public health. We traveled in Summer of 2015 to conduct our first assessment and create a foundation for a long term commitment to the community. We are currently designing for an implementation trip.

 
Ethiopia
Our first proposed project is the installation of solar panels at a health post in the community of Washa Kebele, Ethiopia. The health post is currently without electricity, and as such, it relies on expensive and unhealthy kerosene and inconvenient flashlights for lighting. Further, without electricity, if a patient needs medicines that require refrigeration, a community member must make two 16km trips (usually on foot) to a larger and more comprehensive clinic that does have electricity in order to retrieve the medicine.

 

 

Past Projects

 

El Salvador

The El Salvador project began in 2005 and ended in May 2013.  The group teamed up with Rotary International to construct a wastewater collection system in two communities in El Salvador. Along with watewater collection, EWB – El Salvador emphasized educational workshops to teach local children and community members basic sanitation and health practices, as well as water testing to assess the pathogens that threaten the health of community members.

Haiti

The EWB UW-Madison Haiti project was involved in Haiti from 2002-2012. The project operated in Bayonnais, a region in the northern mountains of Haiti home to almost 80,000 people. In collaboration with EWB-SF (the San Francisco Professional Chapter of EWB), and the community group OFCB (Organization of the Christian Force of Bayonnais) , the Haiti project worked to provide solutions to local goals such as healthcare, crop yield improvements, and access to markets. During the project lifetime, EWB constructed a three-span vehicular bridge over a large river, installed a photovoltaic solar power system, and built a irrigation canal crossing.

Kenya

The Kenya project has been active since the fall of 2007 and ended in fall 2012.  EWB-Kenya worked in Orongo – a rural farming community located off the shores of Lake Victoria and about 10 minutes from Kisumu. The two most recent projects worked on by the Kenya project are a biosand filter project/business and an irrigation project. The biosand filter project/business is meant to provide clean household drinking water to the community and an entrepreneurial opportunity for 3 young, motivated members of the community. The irrigation project aims to pump water from the lake to the farms and increase the crop output during the dry season. This is important for the community because most of the farmers yield just enough crops to feed their families and could use another growing season to provide additional income.

Rwanda

EWB-Rwanda began in 2009 and finished in 2013. The project worked to bring water to the community of Gashonyi, including the site of a health clinic which was recently constructed.  Plans for EWB-Rwanda’s final implementation trip included finishing repairs on a pipeline to bring water to the new health center as well as the town center, and developing other spring sources in the area to run to the health center/town center in addition to the existing pipeline.