Magomero, Malawi

Times: Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm, Lind Hall L-130

This semester, the East Africa project team will be working on implementing sanitation blocks as well as developing water distribution systems and working on our water pumping logistics. This is a school project with water distribution and sanitation components. 

Last January the team traveled to the school on an assessment trip to find what needs to be done there. Technical documentation to EWB-USA about the trip and its intended activities was prepared, and students who traveled also needed to prepare for the trip by learning a series of practical engineering skills such as testing of water quality, learning to use Total Stations and much more. Students worked alongside professional engineering mentors to ensure proper data was collected and assessment activities were performed correctly. In addition to technical data, students surveyed the community to learn about their most important water and sanitation needs.

The team worked with the NGO, Freshwater Project International, which is based in Malawi, to perform a remote assessment in the community to collect initial data. The project will run internally through three key subgroups- PMEL (Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning) and Sanitation, Tanks and Water Tower, Pump and Piping. The PMEL/Sanitation subgroup will work on designing and implementing new latrine blocks as well as monitoring the implemented sanitation block. In addition, they will focus on assessing the feedback to orient our solutions to the community and school's best interest.

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