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EWB-WYO Raises Funds With Their 5K for Kenya


April 11, 2011 — Engineers Without Borders-Wyoming (EWB-WYO) needs your help! EWB-WYO is working on two different projects around the world. Last summer EWB-WYO sent a team to Kenya to implement Phase I of a water distribution system. At an estimated cost of $20,000, the team is planning another trip to implement Phase II of the network and to assess additional community needs. This past winter break, the club also sent a team to Guatemala to renew community relations and to assess the school that EWB-WYO completed in 2008. During the visit, the team discovered multiple additional needs of the school and plans on sending a team back, this semester or summer, to address those needs, at an estimated cost of $10,000.

Please help EWB-WYO support communities across the globe by participating in the 5K for Kenya. The race will be held on Saturday, April 23 and anyone can enter!

For a full schedule and registration information please contact Josh Fuller at jfuller@uwyo.edu. Thank you for your generous support of EWB-WYO student projects.

MORE ABOUT MBITA, KENYA


Mbita is located on the shores of Lake Victoria in the far South Western corner of Kenya and has an urban population of approximately 6,000. There is dire need for a life-sustaining clean water system. The community severely lacks water for most of the year and is often dependent on rainwater, local streams, and Lake Victoria. Water collection is daunting and time consuming for the villagers, taking up to four hours per day, and is a chore assigned mainly to women and children. The back-breaking work and long hours of water collection leave little time to consider health, education, or income generating activities. Water gathered from the lake is polluted, since there are no wastewater treatment facilities in the area. The unsanitary conditions have led to water-transmitted diseases such as amoebiasis, schistosomiasis, bacillary dysentery and cholera.

UW students, along with their faculty advisors have reviewed and adopted this project in an effort to improve the quality of life in Mbita. Goals for the upcoming assessment trip will be to establish strong community relationships, survey community concerns, and perform technical analyses of the water and terrain. With this information, EWB-WYO will pursue design options appropriate for a clean-water system within the community. To ensure sustainability and success of the project, EWB-WYO will work closely with the community and continue to build upon relationships for years following the project.

An EWB project offers UW students an unparalleled opportunity for technical development and personal growth. It also provides essential aid to those in most desperate need of help. Contributions to the Kenya project will serve both objectives: educating future engineering leaders and providing critical life-support systems for the poorest of the poor.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the raffle. Additional donations are appreciated to help us improve a community. Tax-deductible donations are being accepted to assist students with the cost of travel to and from Kenya to assess the feasibility of helping the community design and build a life-saving water system. Please make checks payable to the UW Foundation with a notation that the donation is for the EWB-WYO Kenya Project Fund, and mail donations to the College of Engineering and Applied Science, Development and Communications Office, 1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 3295, Laramie, Wyoming 82071. Online donations may also be made through the website, http://uwsecureweb.uwyo.edu/GIVEONLINE/.

 

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