This summer CU Boulder’s Engineers Without Borders Rwanda program sent a team to Rwanda to conduct an assessment trip. This team spent three weeks in Cyanika, a community in northern Rwanda, collecting GIS data for mapping sites, testing water quality, collecting soil samples, and conducting focus groups within the community in order to evaluate their largest needs. Based off of the information collected, EWB-CU Rwanda will be designing four rain water catchment systems that will provide a clean, easily accessible water source for five villages within the community. These designs will be implemented this coming summer, serving around 700 people per village who currently have to walk miles every day in order to provide the minimal amount of water for their families.
EWB-CU Rwanda has three primary teams; design, field, and outreach. Students who join the Rwanda program will be able to join one of these teams to have a core participation group and will gain real world experience in different areas. Some of these opportunities range from learning how to draft grants, create drawings in CAD, and writing design documents, to creating educational lessons for the community, learning about the culture of Rwanda, and working alongside professional engineers to sharpen your own skills. To join our team, email us with your interest or attend one of our weekly meetings.
The EWB-CU Rwanda Program has taken up a new project. You can read about our previous work with the Rwanda Orphan's Project below.
EWB-CU Rwanda's project arose from a partnership with the Rwandan Orphans Project, an orphanage that houses one hundred boys in the capital city of Kigali. Due to the increasing rent costs of their current facility, they recently purchased a new plot of land just outside of the city. ROP looks to expand their operation by building a community school, new dormitories, offices, greenhouses, and a community center for the local neighborhood. EWB Rwanda is spearheading the design of their school-- for the orphans as well as members of the surrounding communities. We are deep in the design phase of the building and have exciting new sub-projects in water, sanitation, and renewable energy. This is a busy and rewarding time for our program; we are looking to break ground in January by laying our foundation.
While the crux of our project is engineering, this endeavor requires the collaboration of many different aspects, from web designing and fundraising to language experience and educational materials. We are constantly looking for motivated and passionate undergraduate and graduate students in ALL DISCIPLINES.