Rwanda Project

2014 - Present

The Rwanda team is currently working on implementing a rainwater catchment system for the students and faculty of the ESAPAN school. This was determined by both the team members and the school to be the best and most impactful solution to their current problems, addressing water supply, water quality, and erosion. We have been actively coordinating with ESAPAN faculty since our assessment trip in September of 2019, and aim to travel again in September of 2020 to implement the project. To do this, we are applying to grants and reaching out for donations to raise the necessary funds. If we receive enough funding, we are confident we can successfully implement the project and improve the lives of hundreds of students in need.

Completed Projects

  • Assessment (2019)

Project Managers – Marshall Pittman and Kelsey Stowers

Current Efforts

  • Finish building the classroom
  • Ensure future safety and maintenance of the building
  • Implementation of the Rainwater Catchment System
  • Fundraising to support RCS implementation and future maintenance

Background

The Engineers Without Borders – UCSB partnered with the E.S.A.P.A.N private Adventist school in Rwanda in March of 2014. After a successful assessment trip to the school in August of 2014, the first project consists of the construction of a one-story school building approximately 65′ by 31′ in size. The building will house classes in construction job-training for both students and the community creating employment opportunities and infrastructure development.

The ESAPAN school and the town of Ngoma is approximately a 4-hour drive away from the capital, Kigali . It can only be accessed via a winding, dirt road that is currently under construction. 800 students, 297 of which are orphans of the Rwandan genocide, live at the school. 140 additional students commute. They learn in 13 classrooms, where the ratio of students to computers is 1:20 and the ration of students to latrines is 1:25. The population density of the community is low. Water is clean and abundant, and there are no problems with food.

The goal of the project is to cooperate with the community to improve life at the ESAPAN School and the area around it. The school officials identified several potential projects that would require assistance in the future. The relationship is intended to last as long as possible to ensure that all of needs of the community are met for years to come.

The community’s problem relevant to this project is a lack of skilled labor in construction as well as a number of school dropouts who are jobless and struggling to make a living. The overall goal is to help the school finish the community workshop building, ensure that it is safe, and will be maintained in the future. Using measurements, photos, and known materials (bricks, sand, concrete, wood, corrugated steel, glass) we will design the building in coordination with the school and use local labor and vendors to complete the workshop.