Monday, October 26, 2009

Introduction to our projects

There are three projects our team has been investigating and researching in order to select one to move forward with. The three projects are as follows:

  • Santa Cruz, Peru: provide their only school, Institucion Educativa Carlos Noreiga Jimenez, with potable drinking water, and a better quality of a distribution system. This would allow the 500 students that attend the school, aging three years and above, to have water outside of the municipally-alloted one hour per day, as well as route water to their science lab. The school also has improper restroom facilities for the children, having only three toilets for both of the boys' and girls' restrooms. We would like to not only add three more toilets to both facilities, but for the toilets to be child-sized so that they're easier to use.

  • Camisea, Peru: provide the fifty families of an indigenous tride potable water by restoring their current well, as well as creating new, more practical distribution systems. We would test the water to ensure that the newly built well was in working order, while also ctreating a system to pump the water from the ground. We would also design and construct a system of pipes to carry the water from the welll directly to their homes, instead of the community walking to the well with buckets and manually drawing water out
  • Reynosa, Mexico: provide a solar or wind power system for La Calichera Colonia, where they have no power, water, or sewer for their individual homes. The power system would operate the water well pump and the colonia's restroom and shower facility, a multi-room school, and the caretaker's home. Ideally, the natives will be able to maintain the system, as well as pay for ongoing costs. This will allow for a much more independent system, instead of the current exploitation system of buying water by the gallon from a truck, or even drinking the dirty canal water, freeing up their time, money, and improving health.

After about two months of researching the countries, the cultures, the impact we would have, and the possible risks, we made our selection, and are currently pushing for the success of the project in Santa Cruz, Peru! We hope it will be the success we all imagine.

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