The Tufts chapter of Engineers Without Borders (a national organization) is dedicated to working on sustainable engineering projects in developing countries. Members of the Tufts Engineers Without Borders program are currently on a three-week implementation trip in the Shilongo village of Mbale, Uganda. The students have been updating a blog and a twitter account since they arrived on Aug. 3.
Their most recent post describes some of the planning they have been doing with members of the community:
The design of the tank and pump were explained to the community. The travel team was very impressed with the community’s questions, as they were very concerned about theft, stagnant water, and availability of spare parts. Richard, Miria, and Carol were all there to help translate for us, and they made sure that the community knew we wanted their input on everything. We decided to start excavating and laying the bricks on Monday so that Vincent could get the community ready.