MIT Engineers Without Borders: Mkutani Solar Trip
Our Project: Solar Education
Last summer, we traveled to Mkutani, Tanzania, to install a solar-powered water pump. Now that we have left, it is essential that community members have a way to maintain this unfamiliar technology without needing to call an outside source. As a result, we have produced an operating manual for the solar-powered water pump. Furthermore, on our previous visit we spoke to the district water engineer, who told us that other villages in the area are now also transitioning to solar power. So, this summer we will be holding a training session for engineers and community members throughout the region and providing copies of our manual.
How You Can Help
Your donation helps us pay for travel reimbursements, printing costs for the manual, and costs for running the training session. Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
Assessment for Other Projects
The members of our chapter are working on a variety of other projects in the community of Mkutani that are currently in the assessment stages. During this trip, we will be talking to community members about their needs in order to continue these projects.
Female Sanitation Team
At present, girls miss a great deal of school in Mkutani due to a shortage of menstrual pads. The Female Sanitation Team has been hard at work this semester making contacts in and out of country to help girls develop a sustainable method for managing their menstrual periods. The solution needs to be financially and environmentally sustainable, so the team has been investigating natural fiber methods for creating pads. Going on this trip will allow our team to talk to the women in Mkutani about their thoughts and hopes regarding our ideas for a solution.
There are not enough school rooms in Mkutani for all of the children to learn indoors. We have adopted this project from the Harvard Chapter of EWB and are hoping to build a new school building soon for the younger children. This trip will allow us to discover the resources available to accomplish this task, look at the land the school will be built on, and speak to the community about their priorities for this project.
Distribution Pipeline Team
The next goal in continuing with our solar-powered water pump project is to make water access even easier for the residents of Mkutani. While anyone can now pump the water, the borehole is still a 3.5-km walk from people’s homes. We are planning to install a distribution system, so on this trip we will do further surveying of the area in order to complete this in the future.
About Engineers Without Borders
EWB is a nonprofit that partners with people from developing countries around the globe, working with them to find solutions that will improve the quality of life in their communities.
As part of the MIT Engineers Without Borders chapter, a student-run organization, we are learning practices that will make us lifelong change-makers. Our team is a diverse group of engineers, scientists, leaders, designers, humanitarians, and innovators who are working together to create a better world, one community at a time.
What Your Gifts Could Cover
$25 covers the cost of an operating manual for the solar-powered water pump.
$60 covers the cost of ground transportation and a student’s meals for a week in Tanzania.
$100 covers the cost of a visa, allowing a student to travel.
$225 covers the flight from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma.
$500 covers the cost of our translator and in-country contact.
$1,500 covers a land survey.