Julia Ni, 2018, Operations Research and Financial Engineering
The Kenya team of the Princeton University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is working on providing clean, accessible drinking water to different communities in Kuria West. To date, our team has designed and built two 60,000L rainwater catchment systems that harvest water in Muchebe. This project involves installing gutters along the roofs, laying pipes around the school, and excavating a pit for our storage tanks. We worked alongside community members in building the system out of locally available materials. Additionally, we taught them both how to maintain the system and how to develop better sanitation practices. This trip was an immensely valuable experience for us to learn about international development challenges as well as ways to run a sustainable engineering program within a community. Looking forward, we hope that by raising awareness of the risks of poor hygiene and waterborne illnesses, community members will encourage other members to share proper sanitary practices. This will, in turn, allow the members of the community to be healthier and thus be able to work and go to school.