Engineers Without Borders

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Construction Engineering and Management students and faculty are involved in a number of
outreach efforts, both nationally and internationally. Below are some of the highlights of a few of
these efforts.

Engineers Without Borders


Nepal Project 2008

Namsaling, Ilam District, Nepal

Namsaling is a rural farming community in the hill region of eastern Nepal. Although Namsaling
has w
ell established agricultural areas and the potential to grow valuable cash crops, the area has
little transportation or commercial infrastructures to allow for income generation. The people of
Namsaling, through Namsaling Community Development Center (NCDC
), identified safe
drinking water and health related needs as primary concerns to improve health conditions and
create potential income generation opportunities in their community development plan. In 2007,
the Engineers Without Borders, University of Colo
rado at Boulder student chapter began
working with Namsaling community members and NCDC to improve lifestyle, health
conditions, and create potential income generating opportunities.


Safe Water Plan

The Engineers Without Borders
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CU team is in the proce
ss of consulting with the community to
develop these components into a safe drinking water plan. The plan involves providing
engineering consulting for the Namsaling community spring source protection program,
providing water quality testing options and tr
aining, improving distribution systems and
providing education and materials for point
-
of
-
use household treatment options. The plan may
also include developing large scale treatment plans for the 11 schools within the community.

Energy

While there is grid
power in parts of Namsaling, more than half of the households are too far
from the power lines and have no electrical power available to them. Additionally, those
households fortunate enough to be connected to the grid have intermittent power
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power is of
f
for 8 or more hours a day. In May 2008, the team taught schoolchildren to design and build light
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emitting diode (LED) lights for their classroom enabling them to conduct school when it is dark.


If you would like to know more about Engineers Without B
orders, University of Colorado at
Boulder Student Chapter, please contact

Dr. James Diekmann at
james.diekmann@coloardo.edu
.