We’re on the Avianca flight from SFO, with stop in San Salvador, due into Managua a little after 9am.
We will have two teams of six people, traveling for about a week, with couple days overlap, returning 18. January, to get started on this project. Our travel teams will include UC Berkeley students who are participating in the project.
I am also bringing water filters from Darrell Ward, a Rotarian from Oklahoma. He’s been working with Alcance And the Rotary Club of Masaya to distribute them to communities who need them
I’m also bringing Foldscopes for a person at the University of Nicaragua.
We will have two teams of six people, traveling for about a week, with couple days overlap, returning 18 January, to get started on this project. Our travel teams will include UC Berkeley students who are participating in the project.
In addition to constructing a small well-support building, we will be training and documenting proficiency of community members to trench, install pipe, pressure test, backfill, and construct other elements of the system including pressure break tanks, and tap stands.
They will continue on these tasks after we leave. In this visit, the team and community will be laying out and flagging the ~3.5 km distribution system
We then plan to return in the March timeframe to complete and commission the system.
Here is link to the El Llanito project update presentation to the August General Chapter meeting: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19avFiAepn9BtDE2msuq9CVwMIlg9RWtv/view?usp=sharing
Some of the photos and the diagram of the distribution system give a sense of the place. these in Nicaragua
About $15k worth of materials have been purchased, and deliveries are under way.
My friend and engineering lead for our El Llanito, Nicaragua water supply project, Phil Bowman, shared the following request for contributions to help offset some of the travel costs for our UC Berkeley student team members as well as some of our equipment and material costs. Thanks Phil! I’m also inviting you to contribute to this project which will change the lives of members of this community, mostly the women and girls who pump water by hand and carry it from the well to their homes. Your contribution will subsidize student travel, fund a tap stand, a few meters of pipeline or something else we ned to complete the project. Any donation is greatly appreciated. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law (Tax ID: 59-3821454).
Phil and I and the rest of the team will be going to El Llanito right after Christmas to help install what you’re funding!
Have safe and happy holidays,
***From: Phil Bowman <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Contribute to a Water Project in Nicaragua? Date: December 11, 2019 at 4:25:19 PM PST To: list
Dear Friends and Family,
Since I retired 3 years ago, I have become very involved with Engineers without Borders. (Yes, this is like Doctors without Borders, but we do engineering projects in developing countries like water systems, composting latrines, solar systems and bridges.)At the moment, I’m the engineering lead for a clean water system for a small village in Nicaragua called El Llanito. El Llanito is a community of about 1300 people whose only water source is a single hand-pumped well. Some families have to walk over a mile each way with their water cans and wait their turn to pump their daily water. The average annual household income is about $1000.
Our project will install an electric pump, two large storage tanks, 4.5 km of pipe and 49 tap stands distributed around the community to bring clean water close to each home.
In a few weeks, I’ll be heading down to the community along with other professionals plus six UC Berkeley students to build the first phase of this project. We plan to finish the project on our second trip in the spring.
The professional engineers are paying their own travel expenses, but I’m writing today to solicit contributions to help offset some of the travel costs for the UC Berkeley students. Ticket prices are over $1000 each and we plan a second trip in the spring.
In addition, although the Rotary Club of Livermore has made a generous donation which will cover most material costs, current funding will not cover everything. Here are some example cost estimates:
4500 meters of pipeline, fittings and valves = $24,000 (~$5 per meter)