The Oklahoma State chapter of Engineers Without Borders plans to continue its work in Guatemala in the winter of 2016-2017. In Guatemala, we will work with the communities of La Cuarentiseis, Los Chilitos, and Plan de Avila. La Cuarentiseis has many issues with the stove in the school's kitchen, which is used to provide free meals for the students. The current stove, run by mothers of the community, traps smoke, is dangerously high with open flames, and has incredibly inefficient. We aim to install a rocket stove that will be safer, easier to use, and more efficient. As a part of the sustainability model of EWB, we also anticipate teaching locals to build and produce more rocket stoves, so they can then implement them into houses and other community facilities.
In addition, these three communities are facing many health problems due to heavily contaminated water sources used for drinking, cooking and bathing. In Plan de Avila the situation is even worse as many people lack enough water to provide for their family. Most families spend multiple hours every day trying to collect enough water to drink, bathe, and cook with. Our chapter will be looking into the possibilities of a water quantity project for Plan de Avila as well as a water quality project for the various communities during our next trip including wells and river diversion.
This January we plan to visit these three communities in order to implement a new stove for La Cuarentiseis and to assess the feasibility of the different options in Plan de Avila for both water sanitation and supply. This trip will consist of a group of OSU student chapter members and two or more professional mentors. These projects are very important to improving the quality of living conditions in these communities and thus providing health and happiness. If you are interested in becoming a mentor for our chapter or partnering with us in any capacity, please contact our Vice President, Alicia Aguilar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Moreover, if you are interested in making a tax deductible donation that will be used to implement these projects directly, please visit osugiving.com/EWB. Donations will be directly applied to travel costs and project materials, allowing you to not only improve the life of those living in these communities, but also broaden the horizons of our student members through their experience abroad.