BENEFITING: ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS USA INC
EVENT DATE: Aug 25, 2012
NOTE: Please use this link to make a donation directly to EWB-Columbia University Chapter https://ssl.charityweb.net/ewbusa/?Custom3=2642. The link above is for EWB Nationals.
HERE'S THE STORY:
Akwaaba! The Ghana Team of Columbia University's student chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA has been partners with the village of Obodan in rural Ghana since 2004, working with the local community to find sustainable engineering solutions. In the past we've dealt with exploring new approaches to sanitation, but now our main focus is on improving access to clean water. Obodan sits atop an aquifer filled with renewable and clean drinking water. The problem for many residents, though, is that in order to get at this water they have to walk long distances, pump the water by hand, and then carry it back. This is often a chore for women and young children. All to often, community members draw their water from stagnant pools or other unsanitary sources in order to avoid making these long trips. This presents a real challenge to the ability of Obodan residents to pursue happy, healthy, and productive lives.
Our team is in the process of designing a water distribution system that will address this problem in the community. We are going to conduct an assessment, planning and survey trip for this project in August, but we can't do it without you! With this information, Columbia engineering students will develop plans for a mechanism that will pump water from one of the village's boreholes to a storage tank on top of a hill. From this tower, gravity will help pipe the water to spigots in convenient locations in Obodan. Access to a convenient and reliable source of clean drinking water will lift the burden of long trips from the lives of many Obodan residents.
We need all the help we can get raising funds for travel for the assessment trip and construction of the project in 2013, which includes parts, transportation, and labor. Every dollar you give brings us closer to our goal of ensuring that every member of the community in Obodan has access to clean water.
I serve as a mentor for the Engineers without Borders-Columbia University Chapter Ghana project, and will go with three Columbia University undergraduate students to Obodan. I am looking for help from friends and family, coworkers and even strangers to support our efforts.
Donations can be made by secure credit card payment through the link below:
https://ssl.charityweb.net/ewbusa/?Custom3=2642 PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO MAKE A DONATION
Since our team uses offline donations to raise money through Crowdrise, we would greatly appreciate it if you send a message to Alexi at firstname.lastname@example.org should you choose to contribute to our project. Let us know how much you give and what name you'd like us to post on our site. That way, we'll know how we're doing, and we can fully acknowledge your generous support!
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