Engineers Without Borders will be traveling to Guatemala in March of 2018. Currently we are working on the design and to implement two water water catchment and filter systems for the village of Plan de Avlia in Guatemala. The first area on our agenda is the community's school which is in need of a consistent water supply for their kitchen as well as bathrooms. The second area is in need of a rainwater catching system in which the whole community can use to wash their clothes and to water their crops. In March, our Water Team will be traveling to Guatemala to partner up with community members to construct both water catchment systems which in turn will aid the communities in their water shortage crisis.
Why is our Guatemalan Project important?
Because it provides an easier and more efficient way to obtain clean water which would normally require the community members to walk for miles to obtain.
What is a water catchment system?
A water catchment and filter system is a unique device that can accumulate rain water which can be used for daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and more. The device will be built attached to the roof of the school and houses so that it can catch the water from rainfall then filter and store it for later use.
How does that system improve this community?
This device will provide the community with clean and accessible water, which is a vital source to sustain life. Members of the community has been obtaining their water by walking for hours to the source, but with the new systems they can now use that time for other purposes such as increasing productivity or spending it with their families.
What educational benefit do students traveling receive?
This project provides participating students with an opportunity at a lifelong experience in many aspects. It will give them an insight on the hardships that less developed countries are facing so they can work together to help the community. It will also teach the students the hands-on skills that they cannot obtain in a school setting.This project's purpose is not only to benefit the communities in Guatemala, it is also to provide the students with experiences that they will need once they enter the workforce.
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