In 2014, EWB-OSU hosted Hunger Relief International, or HRI, as guest speakers at a chapter meeting. From this, HRI and EWB-OSU have chosen to partner in Guatemala providing clean water sources to the communities of La Cuarentiseis, Los Chilitos and Plan De Avila. In order to determine the scope of this project, EWB-OSU made assesment trips in 2015 and 2016.
Since the EWB-USA project model calls for a minmum of 5 years partnering with a community, we look forward to trips to Guatemala for several more years. We hope to begin implementation soon in Plan De Avila with the hope of providing wells, filters, catchment systems or a combination of all three.
The charter project for EWB-OSU was a bio-sand water filter project in Seis De Mayo, Honduras. We partnered with the Kuney's, a missionary family orignally from Tulsa and made 7 trips over the next 5 years working to build relationships with the community. The end result was a local buisness owned and managed by a local that was able to produce and sell bio-sand filters to their neignbors for a reasonalble price. When we closed out hte project in 2014, there wer at least 50 filters in use. These filters were able to remove up to 100% of pathogens from the water and supply as many as 10 people.
Project trip summary:
To understand more about the biosand water filters, click on Publications in the AguaSeis website. AguaSeis is a developmental engineering company specializing in clean water solutions for developing countries.