Projects

International Projects

2016-2017 – Japura Energy Project, year 2 (Solar)

Location: Japura, Cusco Peru

EWB-USA’s Walla Walla University (WWU) Chapter partnered with the community of Japura, Peru, and the local municipality to build a total of 76 individual photovoltaic (PV) systems for individual homes and the community’s school. The PV systems provide power for operating two to three lights and two electrical outlets, one AC and one DC. Each system is able to provide lighting for 10 hours each day along with a small amount of power for other appliances such as televisions, radios, and cellphone chargers.

In addition to installing the system, we trained a select group of community members who had been elected to serve on an electrical committee. These community members are responsible for basic maintenance of the system, educating the community, and for the long-term lifespan of the systems. Our goal, as engineering students of WWU and as representatives of EWB-USA, was to provide a sustainable and functional PV system for each family by educating them on proper operation and maintenance of the system, constructing the system using local parts, and by guiding the community through the implementation process. 

As a result of our work in Japura, families now have the opportunity to start and expand small businesses, which will allow them to achieve financial independence and support their children. In addition, children will be able to study at night whereas previously they had only an hour or so before sunset to do homework after returning from school. The local primary school also will be able to implement technology in the classroom, including small laptops and multimedia projectors. As one teacher explained, “The children will not have to draw their lessons.” 

Celebrating Completion of Solar Energy Systems Installation: 2017

Initial Considerations for Micro-Hydro Energy System Turbine: 2016

2015-2016 – Japura Energy Project, year 1 (Micro-hydro)

Location: Japura, Cusco Peru

EWB-USA’s Walla Walla University (WWU) Chapter partnered with the community of Japura, Peru, which is comprised of two separate communities, Suyo and Qqelca, as well as the local municipality, to build design a micro-hydro energy system.

2015-2016 – Gravity Fed Water System

Location: Pantineque, Pampachiri, Cusco Peru

Pampachiri is a small community that sits at around 14,500 feet above sea level. This community has some distinctive geographical features that make it unique in its own way. The dwellings that make up this community located in the ravine that works its way up the mountain side, are separated into two main clusters. At the upper most point of the ravine, there are several naturally occurring springs that come together to form a small stream. This stream flows down the ravine until it reaches the lower valley where it joins up with one of the tributary streams to the river Urubamba.

The issue that this community faces is one of health. Clean water can be hard to come by especially when it is found on a ground that is covered in animal feces. The spring water is clean, but when it comes into contact with the unclean environment it becomes a health problem, especially if this spring the only way to obtain water in this remote region.

EWB-WWU has a plan that is already taking shape, and that is to design a gravity fed water system for this community. This water system will not only ensure that the water is clean, but also that there will be enough water for the current population and some possible growth that the future might have in store. By helping the community build this system, EWB hopes to instill a sense of ownership for the community members. it is this sense of ownership that plays a key role in the sustainability of the project.

Reaching an agreement with community leaders: 2014

Pucutuni Water System Installation: 2014

2013-2014 – Pucutuni Water Project

Location: Pucutuni Cusco Peru

The goal of this project was to implement a new water system and to develop the current source and protect it from contamination.The community of Pucutuni is comprised of 11 families and approximately 80 people. Before the implementation they were spread out along an approximately half kilometer ravine.

ADRA, the community of Pucutuni, the municipality of Pitumarca and Engineers Without Borders WWU had signed an MOU that defines project roles and responsibilities. The Implementation Agreement and Budget have been reviewed and approved by the municipality.

The program started in September 2013. The first assessment trip was completed in September 2013, which is when a MOU was signed and a brief survey of the site was completed. A second assessment trip was completed in March of 2014. During that trip, the team collected more data to compare with that already collected in September of 2013, discussed our design with the municipality, organized logistics and investigated the training and education currently carried out by the Municipality. While the community had expressed interest in a sanitation system (restrooms), solar electricity, and solar hot water these projects were left to be considered upon successful completion of the first stage, i.e., potable water.

2010-2012 – Classroom Building (Civil)

Location: Nueva Suyapa, Honduras

In 1998, Hurricane Mitch devastated Honduras, destroying thousands of homes and leaving 14,000 people dead or missing. Luis Garcia is a town about 30 kilometers south of San Pedro Sula that was settled by a community of refugees displaced by the hurricane. The population consists largely of factory workers and their families. In 2006, the community came together and raised 45,000 lempiras ($2500 US) to build classrooms. The municipality donated the land and the community members built the school, all with their own resources and labor. The school had six classrooms, nearly 400 children, and was at maximum capacity. To help with the capacity issues, they had to teach in two shifts. Approximately one out of every four children attended school.

The community requested that WWU students and faculty support them in the design and construction of new classrooms for the elementary school children of Luis Garcia. In March, 2010, EWB-WWU partnered with the community of Luis Garcia and the Municipality of Villanueva on the construction of five classrooms for the community.

Classroom Building Construction in Nueva Suyapa Honduras: 2012

First Project! Classroom Building Construction in Luis Garcia: 2009

2008-2009 – Classroom Building (First Project)

Location: Luis Garcia, Honduras

In 1998, Hurricane Mitch devastated Honduras, destroying thousands of homes and leaving 14,000 people dead or missing. Luis Garcia is a town about 30 kilometers south of San Pedro Sula that was settled by a community of refugees displaced by the hurricane. The population consists largely of factory workers and their families. In 2006, the community came together and raised 45,000 lempiras ($2500 US) to build classrooms. The municipality donated the land and the community members built the school, all with their own resources and labor. The school had six classrooms, nearly 400 children, and was at maximum capacity. To help with the capacity issues, they had to teach in two shifts. Approximately one out of every four children attended school.

The community requested that WWU students and faculty support them in the design and construction of new classrooms for the elementary school children of Luis Garcia. In March, 2010, EWB-WWU partnered with the community of Luis Garcia and the Municipality of Villanueva on the construction of five classrooms for the community.

Local Projects

2016-2017 – Habitat for Humanity

Location: Walla Walla, WA

Walla Walla University’s chapter of EWB-USA partnered with Habitat for Humanity to research energy saving solutions for their home designs.

Listening to Presentations for Habitat for Humanity: 2016

Computer Aid Design (CAD) Mock-up of Playground: 2016

2015-2016 – Walla Walla Children’s Museum 

Location: Walla Walla, WA

After scouring the valley for potential projects and carefully considering each of the eight projects we found, EWB-WWU has partnered with Walla Walla Children’s Museum for our local project this year. The team consists of 8 diverse engineering students, ranging from sophomores to graduating seniors. We will be working on remodeling their outdoor area. By the end of the academic year our goal is to have a master plan for the backyard, and have constructed at least one new exhibit while fixing up some of the others. Here are some preliminary ideas we had modeled by our consultant industrial designer.