Oktoberfest at Potts

Oct 052010
Authors: Jennifer Saylor

*Since its beginning in 2000, Engineers Without Borders has been “Building a better world, one community at a time.” *

Tonight from 5 to 10 p.m. individuals can drink beer and eat burgers at CB&Potts to benefit the CSU chapter’s cause. Engineers Without Borders will receive $1 for every beer and $2 in proceeds for every burger. The money raised will be used to aid the organization in sending students out on projects.

The non-governmental organization designs water, wastewater, sanitation, energy and shelter systems in Latin America’s developing countries, like Peru and El Salvador.

More than a billion people live without safe drinking water and more than 2 billion do not have proper sanitation.

About 3.4 million people die every year from waterborne illnesses.

Engineers Without Borders is dedicated to helping these people have cleaner, safer living conditions while giving students the opportunity to apply their skills to real world problems. It focuses on giving these communities the tools they need to sustain themselves and be successful in the long-term.

“Everything we design is checked over by a professional engineer, but it’s mostly student run,” said Chad Bohac, an environmental engineering student.

Bohac has worked with Engineers Without Borders for about three years and said he joined while the previous project in El Salvador was finishing up.

Engineers Without Borders works closely with organizations like the Peace Corps and encourages professionals and students of all backgrounds to get involved in the movement.

The organization’s current project is in La Criba, El Salvador, where their goal is to “Provide potable water to a village of 176 families (674 people)” and “Provide a cleaner, more consistent water source throughout the year,” according to the group’s website.

The La Criba community has frequent occurrences of health problems due to poor water quality, forcing residents to walk a mile and a half to retrieve potable water. Nearby farming and grazing are the primary sources of contaminants.

Students traveled to La Criba in March to collect data, assess the issues with water quality and distribution, survey the landscape and ultimately come up with solutions that will stand the test of time.

Tina Goncalves, civil engineering graduate student and Engineers Without Borders member, said the La Criba project will “put in some wells to provide drinking water for the community.”

The money from the fundraiser, Goncalves said, will help EWB reach their goal of sending seven students to El Salvador to be translators for the organization.

Engineers Without Borders relies solely on volunteers and donations to accomplish their mission of creating sustainable infrastructure in developing nations.

Staff writer Jennifer Saylor can be reached at news@collegian.com.

About the event

What: Oktoberfest fundraiser for Engineers Without Borders
Where: CB&Potts in Campus West
When: Tonight from 5-10 p.m.

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