University of Maine EWB Student Chapter

Dulce Vivir, Honduras Project.  The University of Maine Engineers Without Borders Student Chapter (EWB-UMaine) partnered with the community of Dulce Vivir in the municipality of Dulce Nombre de Copan, Honduras. To improve public health in Dulce Vivir, EWB-UMaine partnered with the community to plan and design a community-wide subsurface wastewater collection and disposal system.  Once the design was completed, construction was implemented in two phases.  Phase 1 occurred in March 2011 and included installing the piping network that forms the collection system. Phase 2 occurred in March 2012 and included installation of septic tanks and a subsurface disposal system.

La Y de la Laguna, Ecuador Project.  La Y de la Laguna is a community of approximately 300 people located the North Western region of Ecuador. EWB-UMaine began working with the community of La Y in the fall of 2013, and will be working with La Y to develop a drinking water supply and distribution system for the village.  The people of La Y currently get their water from a combination of sources, including rainwater collection during the rainy season, carrying water in buckets from seasonal springs, and purchasing water in barrels from a truck which brings water from a river 8km away. EWB-UMaine hopes to provide La Y with a pump and pipe system which will bring a more reliable and local source of water to the community.

For more information, visit the EWB-UMaine website.

University of Southern Maine EWB Student Chapter

Guatemala City, Guatemala Project.  The University of Southern Maine Engineers Without Borders Student Chapter (EWB-USM) is partnered with Hogar Rafael Aayu (HRA) in Guatemala to design and build a solar hot water system for HRA’s orphanage.  Located in “Zone 1” which is Guatemala City’s toughest neighborhood, this block-wide orphanage is protected by a 30-foot wall and armed guards. Currently in Guatemala, the cost of electricity is cost prohibitive for most applications, especially water heating. The children at the orphanage and most of the surrounding community have never taken hot showers, or have used on demand hot water for sanitation purposes. EWB-USM has been asked by the HRA to design and install an inexpensive, efficient solar hot water system that can be easily maintained by the HRA and with materials that can be locally sourced. EWB-USM traveled to Guatemala for their first project assessment trip in February 2015.