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My Week With Engineers, Without Borders

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Definitely a nice break from live up in Amazonas.  For a week last month, traveled to the small town of Samne, La Libertad; hour and half in the mountains outside of Trujillo, to work a bit with Princeton University’s Engineers Without Borders group in an even smaller town of Pitajaya.  There they were implementing phase two of a project to bring water from a spring another valley away to a 2,500 liter plastic tank/reservior; then run the water into PVC and PE tubes to reach faucets or ‘tap-stands’ in front of many of the houses of the small (8 – 12 family) community.  When Dave (volunteer from Ica) and myself arrived into week 4 of their project, much was suprisingly finished and well organized.  But also plenty got done during the short time we were over there with the team: digging trenches, collecting pipe, testing and using the tap-stands, and getting to know the very warm community of Pitajaya (up off the highway to Otzco).  Very glad I went and learned plenty about installing this small water system.  Impressed by the enthusiam, skills and attitude of the entire EWB team: Amanda, Andrés, Ben, Caden, Chamsi, Kasturi, and Nihar, and mentor Nol.

Pitajaya on the right side of this ridge, with it's potato fields alongside

Pitajaya on the right side of this ridge, with it’s potato fields alongside

Digging trenches for the 1in PVC piping

Digging trenches for the 1in PVC piping

Dave and Chamsi overseeing installation of water tank

Dave and Chamsi overseeing installation of water tank

Tap Stands work.. success..

Tap Stands work.. success..

Good folks and hope I (and some of them) can make it back next year to continue water projects in that area.

Good folks and hope I (and some of them) can make it back next year to continue water projects in that area.

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Written by galbavy

September 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm

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  1. Nice story about this group. Sounds like a good time for all with a positive result.
    Dad

    Ed Galbavy

    September 5, 2013 at 1:24 am


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