Project Name: Chuchurras Water Project
Community Name: Chuchurras
Project Type: Water Distribution System
Location: Pasco Region of Peru
Current Problem: The 500 person community currently has to manually collect unclean water from the local streams and river. Additionally, during the dry season, it doesn't rain for 3-months and their open water sources dry up. The only flowing streams, remaining, are contaminated with fecal matter, leading to health issues within the community.
Solution: The project goal is to provide a year round source of clean and reliable water to the community. Our assessment trip, in October 2018, indicated that a groundwater well would be the most effective solution to provide water to this community. The well and pump are planned to be power by solar panels to pump groundwater up to a water storage tank at the high point of the community. From here a gravity distribution pipe network will be used to deliver the water to communal taps. To insure the quality of the water a chlorination treatment system will be used. All of these components will be designed and constructed to be the most cost effective solution while also being sustainable for the community for years to come.
- Well & Superstructure: $31,000
- Solar Panels and Pump: $9,000
- Storage Tank: $11,000
- Watermain Piping: $5,000
- Distribution System Piping: $18,000
- Miscellaneous Items (Taps, valves, etc.): $6,000
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Trips Completed: Assessment Trip Sept 2019
Current Phase: Design Phase
Future Proposed Trips/ Timeline: Begin construction June 2021; complete well construction October 2021; final completion August 2023.
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Project Location: San Andrés Sajcabajá Municipality, Quiché Department, Guatemala
Community Name: Patzac
Community Impact: 500 people, 45 elementary-aged students
Project Type: Structural School Project
Current Problem: The old school structure built from clay bricks was jeopardized from decades of mild seismic activity and extreme erosion from the rainy seasons. The community had outgrown the school and some children weren't 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 was to design, procure, and construct a new confined masonry school structure, taking into account the mild seismic activity this region experiences. The new school was completed in the summer of 2020 with four total rooms bringing the capacity up to 60 kids. Phase 2 of the project includes replacing the existing latrines and construction of new retaining wall to stabilize an eroding slope that is encroaching onto the newly constructed school.
Assessment trip - March 2019
School Foundation Implementation - November 2019
Proposed Trips/ Timeline:
Latrines and Retaining Wall Implementation - Winter/Spring 2021
Project Name: High School
Project Location: Rio Azul, Quiche, Guatemala
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
Trip Phase: Assessment and fundraising
Community Impact: 1200 people in the village of Colfax. The building houses the village’s only library, police station, and community event center
Project Type: Community Building Improvement/Restoration Project
Current Problem: The Colfax Public Library is an important building in this small community in western Wisconsin. At the moment, the building can only be partially used due to water and electrical issues in the basement. Using several vertical supports, they are holding up a structure that was not meant to hold the weight of a library above it. It also lacks the proper accessibility, making it hard for everyone to enter the building and get from floor to floor.
Community Group/NGO: Working with Community Engineering (CE) Corps
Project Goal: Our team will work to provide an engineering assessment plan, which includes the work needed to make the whole building accessible and the costs associated with this work, so that they can receive grants and remodel the building. As this project is focused on providing engineering evaluations and recommendations to the community, there is no construction phase.
Trips Completed: Assessment trip- October 2019
Trip phase: Work plan complete; beginning work on project report.
Future Proposed Trips/ Timeline: Another assessment trip in the Spring, 2020