OSU Engineers Without Borders receives national award

People standing around a well

OSU Engineers Without Borders traveled to Kenya last year to work on a water project which has just received a national award. (photo: Justin Smith)

The Engineers Without Borders-USA has announced that the OSU chapter has received a premier project award. Premier projects are chosen annually based on the community projects they have worked on over the past year. The award recognizes excellence in EWB-USA projects and highlights projects that deliver high quality, sustainable solutions to help meet the basic needs of partnering communities abroad. 

The EWB-USA Oregon State University chapter recently completed the successful implementation of a community well and rainwater catchment system in Lela, Kenya.

After three years of preparation which included a health survey, technical water source assessment, GPS mapping, and an alternatives analysis, EWB-USA OSU determined the best options for implementation were to drill a community water well and build a rainwater catchment system at the Lela Primary School. In July 2012, a team of students and one technical mentor traveled to Lela to oversee the construction of both systems. The trip was a success, and Lela now has improved access to potable water.

The team worked diligently to continually build the capacity of their team, think through all technical and non-technical aspects of the project, and establish a realistic schedule and scope that has led to significant progress over a relatively short period of time.

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