EWB Spring 2012 Newsletter
Current status of EWB UCLA's projects and club activities.
ISSUE 01 SPRING 2012 ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS STUDENT CHAPTER EWBUCLA this issue Mission, Vision, & Past Projects P.1 Guatemala Water Project P.2 Nicaragua S.E.D. Project P.4 BOOTUP LA Project P.6 EWB Testimonials P.7 How to Get Involved P.8 OUR MISSION EWB-USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. EWB-USA Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) is a nonprofit humanitarian organization established to support community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects. EWBUSA members, comprised of professionals and No Lae, Thailand Helping communities meet their basic human needs. Chocantiry, Guatemala Rain Harvest & Water Distribution Project Began construction in 2010 Schoolhouse Project, completed in 2009 OUR VISION A world in which the communities we serve have the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs, and that our members have enriched global perspectives through the innovative professional educational opportunities that the EWB-USA program provides. students of engineering or other disciplines, work with local communities and NGOs in over 45 countries around the world on projects such as water, renewable energy, sanitation and more. EWB-USA has grown from little more than a handful of members in 2002 to over 12,000 members today and has over 350 projects worldwide. EWB-USA maintains over 250 dedicated student and professional chapters, and has touched the lives of more than one million people. EWB-UCLA STUDENT CHAPTER Here at UCLA, we are furthering the EWB-USA mission one project at a time. In 2005, we helped start a health clinic in Samli, Thailand. In 2006, we set up a sustainable computer lab for a children's center in Jocotenango, Guatemala, and donated computers to an orphanage in Lira, Uganda. From 2007-2010, we built a retaining wall in Mexico, a rainwater catchment system in Guatemala, a schoolhouse in Thailand, and latrines in Nicaragua. Today, we are working on a schoolhouse for a community in Las Bre�as, Nicaragua, and finishing up our rainwater catchment system in Guatemala. Our BOOTUP Project, which was started in 2005, donates refurbished computers to local schools in Kukra River, Nicaragua Latrine Sanitation Project. Completed in 2009. Above: digging out the topsoil. Right: in front of the finished latrine. the Los Angeles area. 1 PROJECT STAT US PROJECT IMPACT Number of persons affected Directly: 90 15 Tanks Constructed Provide meaningful engineering and project management experience that is well rounded in nature. Momostenango, Guatemala Left: Guatemala team members create the iron frame for the above ground tank. LOCAL NGO PARTNER CassSito is a non-profit organization that helps to provide solutions and incentives to Guatemalan communities to encourage their children to attend and finish their education all the way through high school. GUATEMALA RAINWATER CATCHMENT SYSTEMS CHICANTORY WATER PROJECT THE NEED In the town of Momostenango, Guatemala, appreciable rainfall occurs only six months out of the year. When there is no rain, women and children must walk several kilomeEWB-UCLA RESPONSE To support the local development of the community, our project's goal is to provide families in Momostenango with a reliable, constant source of clean, drinkable water during the dry season. The travel team plans to complete a Communication with the local area first began in 2006, when a team from EWB-UCLA traveled to meet with community-elected representatives, The water they do retrieve is not safe for consumption. There is a large amount of heavy metal and organic contaminants that lead to gastrointestinal diseases. This sickness cripples a family's ability to perform work. Children become too sick to attend school, mothers become too ill to care for their family, and fathers become too sick to go to work and earn money for them. We've developed a rainwater collection system consisting of a 7,500 liter concrete water tank that collects rainwater routed from the houses' roofs. These water tanks hold water professionals, local fifth phase in summer of 2012 of building additional water collection systems in the community. As we want to further promote the local sustainability of this project, we are beginning to reduce our direct involvement in the community and are currently putting together an instruction manual with integrated translations, pictures, and diagrams. Our local partner NGO and the community's elected representatives have the framework set for expansion. Expansion will not only provide more households with drinkable water but will also help build economic resources within the community. Since the project construction's start in 2008, our team has completed four phases of the project, fundraised, and constructed a total of 15 ferrocement water tanks. FUTURE WORK PROJECTED COSTS The total cost of the project for this year is $12,000. PROJECT & TRAVEL TEAM - Project Lead Brandon Lanthier - Engineering & Technical Lead AJ Rieck - June Travel Team Maanya Condamoor Megan Webar Diego Rubalcava-Alvarez Tiffany Chang Ivneet Bhullar - Professional Mentor Tony Antich, P.E. ters a day, sometimes on multiple trips, to collect water from rivers and streams that are unsuitable for consumption. This daily chore of finding water causes children to miss school and women to leave their homes. NGOs, and contractors about creating a sustainable solution. enough water to supply a family with more than a third of their clean drinking water for the entirety of the dry season. 2 EWB UCLA TRIP RECAP PROJECT PROGRESS EWB's Guatemala travel team completed two more tanks during their September Implementation Trip this past fall. GUATEMALA WATER PROJECT Budget Breakdown Monitoring Phase : WATER TANKS Tank Materials Item Description On Campus Prototype Tank Materials for 8 Tanks Contracted Labor Spring Summer Preparation Implementation Estimated Total $2,000 -$2,000 -$1,600 $1,600 -$1,000 $1,000 Tank Materials Subtotal $4,600 Spring Preparation $4,750 -$200 Summer Implementation Estimated Total -$4,750 $800 $800 $300 $500 $80 $80 Travel & Logistics Sub Total $6,130 A completed above ground water catchment tank. CONSTRUCTION Travel & Logistics Item Description Airfare Ground Transportation Miscellaneous Visas for 8 Travelers EWB team members begin cementing the wire frame. Housing & Accommodations Item Description Lodging for 8 Travelers Meals and Food We greatly appreciate any do natio n yo u co uld o ffer us. We guarantee that 1 00% o f yo ur do natio n will be put to wards o ur pro ject. Engineers Witho ut B o rders-USA is a registered 501(c)3 o rganizatio n. A ll do natio ns are tax deductible. Spring Summer Preparation Implementation Estimated Total -$450 $450 -$900 $900 Housing & Accommodations Sub Total $1,350 PROJECT SUCCESSES The team found that families that own a tank save 6 manhours a day during the dry Guatemala Project Need Total Expenses Amount Raised Current Need $12,080 $5,000 $7,080 season and that their water quality is safe for consumption A LOOK INTO THE COMMUNITY 3 PROJECT STAT US PROJECT IMPACT Number of persons affected Directly: 60 Indirectly: 100 Partnering with local communities to design and implement sustainable engineering solutions. Las Bre�as, Nicaragua Left: Mentor Paul explaining the schoolhouse design to the local community LOCAL NGO PARTNER FUNCOS (Nicaragua division of Sustainable Harvest International) is a non-profit organization stationed in Bluefields, Nicaragua. They provide local farming families with both the proper training and the necessary tools to preserve the natural forests, while helping them overcome poverty. NICARAGUA SANITATION EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT (S.E.D.) PROJECT THE NEED Currently, many of the children of Las Bre�as only attend school for half the year, if at all. The heavy rains and the long distance to the The team met with the community members of Las Bre�as Sector III regarding construction and project guidelines. The team also met with FUNCOS directors to discuss the design and construction logistics of the schoolhouse. A centralized location was chosen based on the community's and preference, soil FUTURE WORK The travel team plans to return in Summer 2012 to begin construction on the schoolhouse The team dug out drainage channels along the edges of the excavation site to account for the rainy weather that would come before the next return trip. PROJECTED COSTS The total cost of the schoolhouse project is $35,000 for completion. We have an immediate need of $10,000 to build the foundation. nearest schoolhouse prevent them from getting their education. Our project's goal is to provide the children access to education by giving them the means and ensuring their safety. preliminary tests were taken. In December 2011, the PROJECT & TRAVEL TEAM - Project Leads Oren Freiberg Henry Phan - Engineering & Technical Lead Eugene de Valle Jonathan Wright - December Travel Team Warren Kadoya, Albert Yang, Charlotte Insull, Dennis Nguyen, Crystal Lin, Wesley Mercado, Gerard Convento - Professional Mentors Mike Dadik, P.E. Paul Friedlander, P.E. EWB-UCLA RESPONSE In June 2010, the implementation and assessment phase of the travel team made a second assessment "It's refreshing to see how much the community appreciates and enjoys life despite lacking the basic comforts that we take for granted in the US." -Warren Kadoya Travel Team foundation. There is still a need for the purchase of materials such as concrete, cement, and various construction Your tools. trip and surveyed the proposed schoolhouse site. The team then began excavation with the help of the local community members. The schoolhouse design plans were schoolhouse was completed. partnership 3D Drawing of Schoolhouse Design would help us move forward with the project. The community members eagerly await the start of construction. This summer, all of us hope to be one step closer to seeing the schoolhouse completed for the children. redesigned and updated to reduce Side Front the amount of manual labor, while still strictly adhering to U.S. building guidelines. *Drawings made by Albert Tang, fourth year Mechanical Engineering student, Travel Team 4 EWB UCLA TRIP RECAP INTO EL RAMA We took a 6 hour bus ride from Managua to El Rama. NICARAGUA S.E.D. PROJECT Budget Breakdown Schoolhouse Phase : FOUNDATION Schoolhouse Materials Item Description Concrete Cement Rebar Nails Wood, 1x12 beams, 8' Contracted Labor Price Per Unit Units Needed $200 30 containers $10 50 bags $60 3000 lbs $5 5 boxes $890 0.5 m 3 --Schoolhouse Materials Sub Total Price Per Unit Units Needed $690 8 travelers $17.50 8 travelers --$10 8 travelers Travel & Logistics Sub Total Estimated Cost $6,000 $500 $2,000 $25 $500 $1,000 $10,025 Estimated Cost $5,520 $140 $410 $80 $6,150 Estimated Cost $120 $50 $170 $16,345 $6,400 $9,945 INTO BLUEFIELDS From El Rama, we took a 2 hour boat ride to Bluefields, and spent the night at FUNCOS. INTO LAS BRE�AS Travel & Logistics Item Description Airfare Bus/Boat Tickets (to Bluefields, Nicaragua) Gas & Driver Fee for Private Boat to/from Project Site Visas During a 9 hour boat ride into the community, we capsized! SCHOOLHOUSE SITE Housing & Accommodations Item Description Hostel in Managua Food at Project Site (rice & b eans) Price Per Unit Units Needed $15 8 travelers --Housing & Accommodations Sub Total The community members helped us dig out the topsoil. We greatly appreciate any donation you could offer us. We guarantee that 1 00% Nicaragua Project of your donation will be put towards our project. Engineers Without BordersTotal Expenses USA is a registered 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. Need Amount Raised Current Need A LOOK INTO THE COMMUNITY 5 BOOTUPLA EWB -UCLA supports education through technology in the inner city of Los Angeles WHAT IS BOOTUP? BOOTUP is a project within EWB that works to bring the educational advantages of computers to underprivileged students in Los Angeles's unfunded inner city schools. Computers and computer equipment are accepted from donors who find out about the program through advertising or word of mouth. The BOOTUP team then refurbishes the computers and donates them to a local school, where the students can use them for everything from writing essays to researching topics for their science projects. We usually take computers that are 3 -10 years old and in working condition. It is generally best to take donations from small businesses that want to get rid of large amounts of computers and equipment at once. We do also accept donations from individuals. Once we have collected enough computers for a refurbishing session, everyone gets together to fix up the computers and prep them for donation. We schedule a time and date to deliver the computers to the school, and we make sure that all the computers are working before we leave the school. PROJECT STATUS PROJECT IMPACT Number of persons affected Directly: 30 Indirectly: 50 PARTNER SCHOOLS New Los Angeles Carter School PROJECT TEAM - Project Leads Rohit Mathew Sandeep Bhateja HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? BOOTUP meets on a need-basis. To get involved with BOOTUP no prior experience is necessary, all you need is approximately 10 hours to give per month to refurbish computers and help set them up at the recipient schools. We will teach you all you need to know about refurbishing computers, just come with an open mind! We usually meet in the EWB office on the 6th floor of Boelter Hall. Please contact either Rohit or Sandeep, and we will let you know when the next meeting is. 6 WHY ARE YOU INVOLVED WITH EWB? Each member has his or her own story behind why they are involved with Engineers Without Borders. Maybe their reasons will inspire you to become an active member as well. Read on to find out more. Derek Meng First Year Electrical Engineering "Having spent four years in Model UN and three in a debate club, I found a growing passion for the issues that often popped up in these clubs. Ranging from potable drinking water to providing primary education (essentially, the Millennium Developmental Goals), the hardships faced by a large portion of the global population every year depressed but encouraged me to learn more and to do more. Coming to UCLA as an electrical engineer major, I understand that the likelihood of my future career crossing paths with my passion is small. Thus, I came to Engineers Without Borders as a way to pursue my passion. This club fit exactly into what I was looking for - a way to continue my passion but through an engineering related route." Crystal Lin Fourth Year Chemical Engineering "Simply put, I left my heart in Nicaragua, and I want to see this project through. I want little Diego, Noelia, and Carla to benefit from our schoolhouse. I am also attracted to the interdisciplinary engineering partnerships formed through EWB. Working with Civil E, Mech E, and EE students has been rewarding and valuable." Since coming to UCLA this year, I've made an effort to try out just about every civil engineering club on campus. As much as I've enjoyed being a part of these different projects, my time spent with Engineer Without Border's Nicaragua Project has definitely been the most rewarding. When you work with EWB, not only do you get to develop engineering skills, you have the opportunity to use these skills to benefit others as well. This is what makes EWB such a unique club and what has led me continue to be involved in the Nicaragua project. I'm proud to be a part of EWB, and I'm excited to travel with the team to Nicaragua this summer to put our design into action! Nico Chaves First Year Civil Engineering Dasha Gloutak Second Year Mechanical Engineering "I'm involved in EWB because it benefits not only myself and other EWB members, but also people in need on a global scale. EWB gives us the chance to take what we have learned in class and apply it to a project for a community in need. In high school, I was able to partake in my church's annual trip to Mexico where we would build a few houses for families in need. It was such a great experience getting to know the families and building the house, and EWB has allowed me to continue volunteering and helping and giving to others where I have been blessed. I can't wait to go to Nicaragua this September!" Eugene De Valle, P.E. Ph. D. Candidate Structural Engineering "I joined Engineers Without Borders because I wanted to participate in a project that would give me the opportunities to both help others in need and apply my engineering education that I've learned in the classroom. After a trip to Ethiopia in 2008 to study the success of different drinking water systems and well projects, I came back wanting to go in a certain direction in my life. EWB provided that route. I am happy to say that as an undergrad, I learned as much about the Nicaragua Project through volunteering. As a graduate student, I have continued participating, but I feel far better equipped to help realize the projects goals." Henry Phan Masters Student Environmental Engineering "It is easy to get jaded living in the United States. Life here is quite comfortable and it is easy to over exaggerate personal problems until stepping into someone else's shoes and see how they live. Although there is poverty no matter where you live, participating with Engineers without Borders (EWB) gave me the opportunity and challenge to utilize my engineering skills for a country/ community not familiar to me. On a more local level, participating in EWB has been very rewarding. Teaching fellow members who are willing to step up to the challenge and learn more about building construction, has been one of my best experiences in UCLA. Their passion and energy to help complete strangers motivates me and gives me confidence in what I do. Finally our mentors are more than willing to teach us how to become better engineers as well as encourage us to become better people. Even though one person cannot solve all the world's problems, but hopefully our collective effort through EWB nudges the world towards a more positive direction." WHAT'S YOUR STORY? 7 A-PDF Page Cut DEMO: Purchase from www.A-PDF.com to remove the watermark How to Get Involved � Come check out one of our general meetings. We meet on Tuesday nights during the school year, from 6pm-7pm in Engr IV 38-138. We will go over some general club topics, then split up into project groups. If it is your first time, just talk to Suzanne, the president , after the meeting and she will answer any of your questions. � Become a member of Engineers Without Borders USA. Help make a difference by becoming part of a nationally renowned group of volunteers that partner with those in need CONTACT PRESIDENT Suzanne Brown around the world. Our members are building bridges and reliable shelters; they are working with the communities to access clean water and electricity and are utilizing their education and skill sets abroad. Become a member and change a life! What are you waiting for? Get involved with Engineers Without Borders USA today! Visit http://www.ewb-usa.org/get-involved/membership for more details. � Consider being a sponsor for any of our sustainable projects. Civil and Environmental Engineering Department 420 Westwood Plaza 5732 Boelter Hall Los Angeles, CA 90095 firstname.lastname@example.org HTTP://SITES.GOOGLE.COM/SITE/EWBUCLA/ HTTP://WWW.EWB -LA.ORG Your financial support plays an integral role in helping us see our plans into action. Whether you are part of the Bruin family, a trusted friend, or a corporate supporter, you can help us MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Our students take on the entire project, from conception, all the way through assessment, design, construction, and follow-up. Now we need your support to help us continue the effort. Credit card donations allocated to the University of California LA Chapter can be made online at http://ssl.charityweb.net/ewbusa/. Checks written to "UC Regents" (with the memo: EWB-UCLA) can be mailed to the address on the left. Thank you for helping us build a better world by engineering sustainable solutions. Civil and Environmental Engineering Department 420 Westwood Plaza 5732 Boelter Hall Los Angeles, CA 90095 Special thanks to the following organizations for their support: 8