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2016 Implementation Trip

This past winter break five EWB-RPI members traveled to Panama to finish implementing a water treatment system on Isla Popa II. Upon arrival, we found the previously built rainwater catchment system in disrepair, an unexpected hurdle. With the limited amount of days we had to work, we repaired the system, installed a chlorination treatment system, and educated the community on how to use the new system and about the importance of water treatment. With the coming year, we hope to wrap up this six-year project successfully with one last trip to Isla Popa II.

 

Thank You!

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Thank you for such a wonderful evening and thank you to those who donated to our cause. Your contributions have greatly supported Samdubidi, and will help us with our upcoming implementation. In addition, we would like to thank the Rensselaer Bookstore, as well as our Rensselaer Red and Bronze sponsors for their significant contributions. You can find their names on our sponsors page.

The Polytechnic Press Release

This winter break, eight members of Rensselaer’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled to the remote island community of Isla Popa II on the Gulf coast of Panama to construct a sustainable source of clean drinking water. Without access to a reliable source of drinking water, the community’s 350 inhabitants use water collected from unsanitary rainwater collection systems for their daily needs. This water is contaminated with bacteria and is suspected to be responsible for various health problems within the community. While on the trip, Engineers Without Borders, also known as EWB, built a large-scale rainwater collection system in addition to constructing bio-sand filters to purify the collected water. This increased the community’s rainwater collection capacity and provided a treatment method to purify the water.

Read the full article here.

Join us for Dinner!

Gala
We are excited to be hosting a Gala to share the story of our successful implementation trip this past January. Save the date!

March 7th, 2015 6pm-9pm
YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County
Details

Please visit Paul’s Blog to hear his accounts of the trip.

WeR Here!

WeR Gold is here! Engineers Without Borders RPI is participating in the WeR Gold Alumni fundraiser.

“The RPI Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is working diligently as we collaborate with the community of Sandubidi, Panama to engineer a sustainable solution to improve their water supply and quality. Our project will allow their community to meet their basic human needs of access to clean water and give them more opportunities to develop and prosper.” — Jesse Freitas ’16

With your contributions, we can begin traveling to Panama to begin implementation.