Our Rwanda clay transport project is moving forward! Our system will use renewable materials--sourced from Rwanda when possible--and be built during the visit with to Nyange, enabling the community to replicate our design and build more if they would like. Our goal is to complete the project by this summer, and so far we are on track!
Hey Broncos, Bronco alumni, and EWB-SCU supporters! This coming Wednesday (March 8) is the 2017 SCU Day of Giving! All donations on that day will be matched in some capacity by anonymous donors, so don't hesitate to donate to help us out! Click here to visit the donation page (which will be live starting on Wednesday).
On Thursday night, the Education team attended the Dartmouth Middle School STEM Fair. SCU EWB joined many other student groups and professional organizations from the Bay Area in the hopes of teaching middle and high school students about some of the many applications of STEM. We discussed our tile press and clay mixer project with students and teachers, and brought along a 3D printed model of our tile press. We were excited to show students the possibility of applying engineering knowledge to help communities around the world.
Each General Meeting the Education Team gives a short presentation on an individual in the Nyange community. If you missed the meeting this week we've provided a summary below:
Vedaste, age 51, has four kids and is the president of the Tile Co-op. During our time with him he made a point of mentioning that he is quite proud of his name. He has a scar on his stomach, something we originally thought was due to inferior water quality, which was the result of extreme malnutrition. At one point Vedaste was so underfed that his intestines began eating at themselves and he was forced to undergo surgery, an expensive and somewhat unhygienic procedure in rural Rwanda. And he is not unique in his mal/undernutrion--pretty much the entire village is underfed. Yet seeing the specific example of Vedaste helps drive home both the importance and the urgency of our projects on Rwanda.
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our end-of-the-year fundraiser! Together we managed to raise over $800 for our trip to Nyange, Rwanda this summer. We are excited about the current project we have in the works for Nyange, and will be revealing more details at our Bronco Networking Event in early March. Again, we’re very grateful for all our wonderful donors, and encourage you all to stay tuned for more updates!
Just a reminder that our EWB end-of-the-year fundraiser is still active! We have a long way to go to reach our goal of raising $15,000 to send half a dozen students to Rwanda to support the tile-making enterprise of Nyange. Please help us out by clicking here!
In honor of Giving Tuesday, our EWB end-of-the-year fundraiser kicks off today! Our goal is to raise $15,000 to send half a dozen students to Rwanda to support the tile-making enterprise of Nyange. Click here to visit our donation page, please help us meet our goal, either by donating or sharing this link!
Two weeks ago our Corporate Relations Chair Justyn Li attended the EWB-USA West Coast & Mountain Regional Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. This three-day event included a keynote speech by EWB-USA Executive Director Cathy Leslie and several breakout sessions on topics ranging from fundraising to how to retain new members. We hope to apply what we’ve learned in these sessions to further expand and improve our chapter, as well as the projects we undertake.
Over the past two years, we've helped provide the village of Nyange with a tile press and a clay mixer to improve their brick making process. The next step is to create a better kiln, and to do so the village needs $2,000. The local government has agreed to provide the land, a Swiss engineering company will supervise the kiln construction, and the women will provide labor to build the kiln. If you'd like to help them reach this goal, please click here.
A few weeks ago, some members of our club went to the Rwanda Culture Day event in San Francisco. Though the event was largely in Kinyarwanda, we found a nice man who was willing to translate for us. The panel discussion on Rwanda and globalization was one of the events our members mentioned as a highlight and featured prominent individuals such as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the CEO of the Rwandan Governance Board.
Though we were unable to see President Kagame’s speech live due to prior engagements that evening, we were able to live stream it on the drive back. His speech emphasized the necessity of Rwanda staying true to its traditional identity while continuing to modernize. As a whole, the event showcased how Rwanda is unique compared to its neighbors, being a thriving developing country, and was a wonderful illustration of how passionate the people of Rwanda are about the future of their country.
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Weekly Meetings: Even weeks, Wednesdays at 7:30pm in EC602