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Shepherd in Chiwirapi, Bolivia

Committing to Community

The newly formed U-Idaho student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is off to an enthusiastic start. In October, the group officially adopted their own international project aimed at delivering safe drinking water to the residents of Chiwirapi, Bolivia.

Children from Chiwirapi, Bolivia
This small agricultural village of 300, high in the Andes Mountains, suffers from contaminated water due to inadequate waste treatment from upstream towns and mining operations. The team’s first task will be to travel to Bolivia to assess their needs, conduct a preliminary health assessment, and to gather the data and samples necessary to design a water supply and treatment system that can be easily built and maintained with local materials. Long-term sustainability of the system is a key element in the design; the chapter is committed to working with this community for five years after the installation is complete.

Along with Dr. Fritz Fiedler, a civil engineering professor and EWB faculty adviser, four student members will journey to Chiwirapi in early August 2012. There they will work with community representatives and Engineers In Action (EIA) members. Upon returning, system design will begin in earnest, and the plan is for construction to commence the following summer (2013).

All of this work takes considerable financial resources and the 32 members of Idaho’s EWB have been busy with fundraising projects in preparation for the main event. In addition to the more typical "dead-week donut sales" and pancake breakfasts, the group is planning an Art of Engineering sale in early January at downtown Moscow's Gnosh restaurant. In April, the group will host a dinner gala at Nectar restaurant which will include an auction of exciting prizes.

So what does this group do besides fundraise? In keeping with the mission of service, Idaho’s EWB has been involved with two local Habitat for Humanity projects and is planning a storm water project for the City of Moscow later this winter.

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community of Chiwirapi in Bolivia
How You Can Help
We are raising funds to help design and install a potable water distribution system for the community of Chiwirapi in Bolivia. A gift of any amount is appreciated.

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In addition to some seed money from the Dean’s office, a $10,000 gift from alumnus John Marks '73, '90 has allowed some members of the group to receive their initial mandatory EWB training, attend regional and national conferences, and to proceed with travel plans to Chiwirapi next summer.

This is truly a multi-disciplinary project with student majors ranging from chemical engineering to anthropology. EWB-UI is adamant about not just building a treatment facility and calling that good enough; this group is insisting upon being involved with their adopted community and making sure their engineered solution will last through time.
Nathan Suhr, president of the group, is a junior chemical engineering student from Hayden, Idaho, and can be contacted at suhr7471@vandals.uidaho.edu.