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Engineers Without Borders University of Pennsylvania Chapter. Alex Yen, President Davesh Shah, VP International April 2 nd , 2009. PennEWB’s Outreach. Central America Africa. International. Local. Penn courses High school programs. Scenes from our Past. Cameroon 2007 - 2009.

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Engineers Without Borders

University of Pennsylvania Chapter

Alex Yen, President

Davesh Shah, VP International

April 2nd, 2009

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PennEWB’s Outreach

Central AmericaAfrica

International

Local

Penn coursesHigh school programs

cameroon 2007 2009
Cameroon 2007 - 2009

Community impact

Providing clean water access to:

Residents of Kob and Tudig villages

Kob Integrated Health Center, a newly constructed clinic serving a population of 5,000.

Kob Presbyterian Church

Nursery school with 30 students

Kob, Cameroon

where are we now
Where are we now?
  • Gundom, Cameroon Water Project
    • Village of 200+ that lack access to clean water
    • Women and Children travel up to an hour to collect water every day
    • Decreased ability to be involved in social and economic activities
  • Gravity Fed System
    • Protect the spring sources, layout pipes at critical sections along the pipeline, begin the construction of collection, distribution storage, and break pressure tanks. Possibility of Rainwater Harvesting Systems
    • Implement health education program to promote safe hygiene practices and proper use of water.
  • Ensuring Sustainability, Impact, and Innovation
gundom cameroon
Gundom, Cameroon

Kob & Tudig, Previous EWB Project

Chief’s Spring

Ke’ Spring

Gindan Spring

Center Spring

SCAN Water System

2 Large Springs

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Timeline for Project

Pre-assessment Phase: Fall ‘08

Assessment Trip: Jan ‘09

Design Phase: Jan ’09-May’09

Implementation: May 19th – June 7th

Post Implementation: At least a two year commitment towards this village

Gundom, Cameroon

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Involvement

Gundom

- Purchase Spring

- Pay for survey

- Lay pipeline

- Needs Assessment

-Spring Protection

- Project ID

- Follow-up

-Piping & Surveying

PennEWB

-Distribution Tank

MQLIF

(NGO)

- Confirm Elevation

- Technical Design

-Prepare Application

- Fundraising

- Funds

- Remote Planning

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Ensuring Sustainability

  • Post-implementation trip
    • Address unforeseen complications from long-term use
    • Maintain strong relations with NGO for follow up
  • Impact Assessments
  • Leave behind knowledge
    • Ensure that there is someone who can maintain any system that is in place
  • Community Education
    • Healthy living practices, focus groups, and skits
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Ensuring Impact

  • Post-implementation trip
      • System will result in decreased time spent seeking water, decreased time lost due to waterborne diseases, and an increased involvement in economic activities
      • System will increase the availability of potable water, which may reduce the incidence of waterborne diseases, reduce the burden on women and children to collect water
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Ensuring Innovation

  • Focus on all aspects of a community
    • Quality of living is a function of multiple factors
      • Economic Activities: Instituting a plan for micro-enterprise
      • Health Impact: Collaborating with Penn MPH for a quantitative outcomes measurement program
      • Social Impact: Residents of Gundom will find an increase in time for productive activities. An increase in the quality of life.
  • Technological Innovation
    • Applying our engineering skill sets to solve problems abroad
    • Adapting the project to ecological and geographic conditions
    • Prospect for future innovation based on past projects
    • Continuing a global engagement process
acknowledgements
Acknowledgements
  • PennEWB
    • Undergrad
    • Students
    • Professional Engineers
    • Faculty & Staff

EWB-USA

SEAS

Local NGOs

Provost

Sponsors

WTH

Global Engagement

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