Langan’s Tim Onderko Travels to Nepal with Engineers Without Borders

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In November 2011, Langan’s Tim Onderko travelled to Sabhung, Nepal with Engineers Without Border’s (EWB) Hartford Professional Chapter to complete an assessment of the community and its water sources. During the trip the group visited numerous water sources in the community, meet with village and government officials, and surveyed residents on their use of water and current collection methods to understand what infrastructure improvements would be most beneficial. Additionally, the group completed an extensive health assessment of the village to understand current medical problems and to set a “baseline” for use in quantifying the benefits of planned water system improvements.

The next trip is planned for Oct. 2012 and will consist of implementing a first phase of infrastructure improvements a two water sources within the village. This phase will include source improvements and protection as well as the construction of water storage facilities. Future trips to the village would include the installation of pumps, piping, and additional storage.

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) supports development programs worldwide by joining forces with locals to create sustainable engineering projects and transformative experiences, all while training responsible leaders. Founded in 2002 by Dr. Bernard Amadei, EWB has grown to over 12,000 members in 250 chapters (over half of them being on college campuses), with a range of projects in 45 developing countries.

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