Project Location: Pasco Region of Peru
Community Name: Chuchurras
Project Type: Water Distribution System
Current Problem: The 500-person community in the Pasco Region of Peru has to manually collect unclean water from the local streams and river. These water sources are often scarce during the 3-month dry season. The only remaining flowing streams are contaminated with fecal matter, leading to health issues within the community.
Project Goal: The primary goal of the project is to provide a year-round source of clean and reliable water to the community. The EWB-MN’s assessment trip in October 2018 showed a groundwater well would be the most effective solution to provide water to this community. The well and pump will be powered by solar panels to pump groundwater up to a water storage tank at the high point of the community. From there, a gravity distribution pipe network will be used to deliver the water to communal taps. To ensure the quality of the water, a chlorination treatment system will be used. All components will be designed and constructed to be the most cost-effective solution while also being sustainable for the community for years to come.
Current Phase: Design Phase
Total Project Costs: $100,000
Trips Completed: Assessment trip September 2019
Proposed Trips: Begin construction June 2021; complete well construction October 2021; final completion August 2023.
Project Location: San Andrés Sajcabajá Municipality, Quiché Department, Guatemala
Community Name: Patzac
Project Type: Structural School Project
Community Impact: 500 people, 45 elementary-aged students
Current Problem: The school structure, built from clay bricks, was jeopardized from decades of mild seismic activity and extreme erosion from the rainy seasons. Additionally, the Paztac community has outgrown the school and some children are not able to attend class. The existing pit latrines are not sanitary and difficult to use when assisting young children.
NGO: EWB USA - Guatemala country office
Community Partnerships: San Andrés Sajcabajá Municipality, local COCODE
Project Goal: Phase 1 of the project involved designing, procuring, and construction of a new confined masonry school structure. Phase 1 took into account the mild seismic activity the region experiences. The new school was completed in summer 2020 with four rooms; for a total capacity of 60 kids. Phase 2 of the project will include replacing the existing latrines and construction of the new retaining wall to stabilize an eroding slope that is encroaching on the new school.
Current Phase: Implementation
Total Project Costs: $80,000
Trips Completed: Assessment trip March 2019; school foundation implementation November 2019
Proposed Trips: Latrines and retaining wall implementation Winter/Spring 2021
Project Location: Rio Azul, Quiche, Guatemala
Community Name: Aldea Rio Azul
Project Type: School
Community Impact: 2,000 people
Current Problem: The community does not have a building dedicated to a higher education level. Because of this, the older students are sharing a building with the younger students. This shared building is inadequate due to the lack of physical spaces and the crossing of activities between the two educational levels.
Project Goal: Design and construct a new structure to be used as a high school for the community.
Current Phase: Design and fundraising for Phase 1 of project
Total Project Costs: $177,000
Proposed Trips: Phase I implementation fall 2021
Project Location: Colfax, Wisconsin
Project Type: Community Building Improvement
Community Impact: 1,200 people
Current Problem: The Colfax Public Library is an important building for the small community in western Wisconsin. Presently, the building can only be partially used because of water and electrical issues in the basement. Several vertical supports are holding up a structure that was not meant to hold the weight of the library. The building also lacks proper accessibility, making it difficult for all members of the community to enter the building and get from floor to floor.
Community Group/NGO: Working with Community Engineering (CE) Corps
Project Goal: EWB-MN will provide an engineering assessment plan. This plan will include the work needed to be done to make the entire building accessible. Additionally, it will include the costs associated with the work so the community can receive grants and remodel the building. As the project is focused on providing engineering evaluations and recommendations, there is no construction phase.
Current Phase: Draft report submitted to CE Corps
Trips Completed: Assessment trip October 2019
Project Location: St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN
Project Type: Energy Audits
Community Impact: 340 units, 12 properties. Approximately 700 people (assuming only two people per unit).
Current Problem: Beacon Interfaith is a non-profit organization that aims to provide affordable, supportive, and dignified housing to people in the Twin Cities. Our team will work with Beacon to develop and analyze energy audits for many of their properties.
Project Goal: The energy audits will not only allow Beacon to reduce their carbon footprint, but also save money on utilities and taxes, furthering the vision that all people have a home.
Current Phase: Phase 1
Proposed Trips: Phase 2 fall 2021
Project Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Project Type: Solar panel system review, rainwater catchment system design, and composting system
Community Impact: "Division of Indian Work's mission is to support and strengthen urban American Indian people through culturally-based education, traditional healing approaches, and leadership development." EWB's work will support this effort.
Current Problem: Partnering with the Division of Indian Work, this project will involve the review of a solar panel system to ensure it is working to capacity. Additionally, a rainwater catchment system for gardening will be designed, and a composting system will be installed.
Project Goal: Review of solar panel system to ensure it is working to capacity and design of rainwater catchment system for gardening, and a compositing system will be installed.
Current Phase: Work through CE Corps process and research