Engineers Without Borders builds well for town in Cameroon

first_imgOver winter break, six students from the Notre Dame chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-ND) traveled to Sangmélima, Cameroon, to complete construction of a sanitary hand-pumped well, giving the village access to a reliable source of clean water for the first time. The completion of the well marks the culmination of over four years of fundraising, research and planning by the students in EWB-ND, whose chapter was started six years ago.Sarah Drumm, junior and co-president of EWB-ND, said a rural women’s association in Sangmélima applied to the national Engineers Without Borders organization for a group of students to help with a water project.“There are other wells in the area, but I’ve been there, and most of the water is contaminated with bacteria that are incredibly harmful,” Drumm said. “It’s very visible — people there get sick all the time from water-related diseases.”According to the EWB-ND website, this is the third time students have traveled to Sangmélima. In 2014 and 2016, students visited the village on assessment trips, allowing them “to sample local water sources to gauge need, survey potential sites for the well, interview contractors, teach hygiene and women’s health programs, and build relationships with community leaders,” the website said. All funds for the project were raised by the EWB members. Prior to the most recent two-week trip over winter break, EWB selected and hired a Cameroonian contractor to begin construction.“It was about 90 percent done when we came,” Drumm said. “… We built the pad that goes around the well and a cinder-block wall. When we left, we had assisted in that part, and the well was done. Before we had even finished with the construction, people were coming in the morning to draw water.”In addition to the implementation aspect of the trip, the students also continued their assessment mission in Sangmélima.“We did a lot of education, and we had a meeting with the community to present the well to them, to show them how to operate it, to explain why it was clean water and why it is important to drink clean water, as well as a lot of interaction with the school there,” Drumm said.“The well is actually located on the school campus of Alfred and Sarah Bilingual Academy, which has students from grade 3 to age 25, and we did hygiene programs with them to teach them the importance of hand-washing and using a latrine and drinking clean water. We also did some interviews with people in the community to figure out what other needs they have beyond this water well that [EWB-ND] can address in the future.”Junior and fellow EWB-ND co-president Claire Nauman said the club’s goal is to make sure its projects are sustainable.“Part of the way Engineers Without Borders makes sure that that happens is, they require that the community contribute at least 5 percent of the funding for whatever the project is,” she said. “In addition, you’re required to have several community members helping with the construction or somehow involved in the implementation. That’s a way that Engineers Without Borders ensures that there’s commitment on all sides.”The students did not encounter any difficulties with the residents of Sangmélima, who were enthusiastic about the project, Drumm said.“We were incredibly fortunate that the community we found was extremely welcoming and accepting of the project, which is really hard to find in a lot of development projects,” said Drumm. “Most development projects don’t last because of some kind of miscommunication between the engineers and the community that lives there. “This community understands the need. They really wanted this well, and they were so willing and eager to learn how to use and maintain it. We worked with them to set up a water committee in charge of the upkeep and maintenance of the well, which is a big accomplishment. The fact that they are so willing to work with us means that we are likely to stay with them.”Nauman said the group already has plans for additional construction projects in Sangmélima.“I think our activity for how new we are definitely stands out — that we’ve actually implemented an entire project,” Nauman said. “We have big plans for the future. On this trip, we implemented a well with a hand pump. We’re hoping we can integrate in that an electrical pump in the same community. That’s part of EWB’s model—you stay with the same community for as long as there’s a need.”Tags: Cameroon, Engineers Without Borders, EWB-ND, Sangmélimalast_img read more

Martin Keown showers David Luiz with praise after Arsenal beat Manchester United

first_img Solskjaer after 2-0 defeat: Arsenal played ‘really well’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:15FullscreenSolskjaer after 2-0 defeat: Arsenal played ‘really well’https://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-2-0-defeat-arsenal-played-really-well-2079548/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Speaking after the final whistle, Luiz claimed Arteta has brought ‘happiness’ back to a dressing room which was severely lacking in confidence.‘We have to be honest and admit physically we are not ready, but you have to show heart and this team is ready to change a lot of things,’ he told BT Sport.‘We showed that today and we are going to do big things in the future but step by step.‘Mikel Arteta is a great coach, he knows football, he was a great player.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He brings things and I believe in his philosophy. I think he can improve every single player. ‘In life when you are happy the results can be totally different.‘I always like to use the mantra, if you sleep happy you can sleep for hours, it’s better than sleeping sad for eight hours.‘If you work with happiness and believing what you are doing it is totally different, so I’m happy with everybody.‘But you need to understand our season is not there, we started very bad, I have to be honest, but things can change and there are still some titles to fight [for] and improvement for the team for the future.’MORE: Ian Wright criticises David Luiz for throwing Unai Emery under the bus after Arsenal beat Manchester United Arsenal star David Luiz was Martin Keown’s man of the match against Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown picked out David Luiz as his man of the match in the wake of Arsenal’s impressive 2-0 victory over Manchester United at the Emirates.The visitors simply had no answer after Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos netted at either end of the first half and Mikel Arteta was delighted to secure his opening win as Arsenal head coach.It saw the Gunners rise to tenth in the Premier League table, while United lost ground on fourth-placed Chelsea in what’s become an intriguing race for a top-four finish.Though Keown has been an outspoken critic of Luiz since the Brazilian’s £8million move from Chelsea, he was impressed with what he witnessed on Wednesday evening.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta speaks after Arsenal beat Man Utd 2-0To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:30FullscreenArteta speaks after Arsenal beat Man Utd 2-0https://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-speaks-arsenal-beat-man-utd-2-0-2079544/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Asked to name his man of the match, the ex-Arsenal centre-back told BT Sport: ‘Well I’m going to go for David Luiz and I never thought I’d hear myself say it.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s got the crowd going and he’s got his players going.‘I think he is as surprised as me! I’ve been quite a critic but tonight he has played like a man out there on the pitch.‘He’s won everything and passed it brilliantly. A real driving force for Arsenal tonight.’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 Jan 2020 10:36 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Martin Keown showers David Luiz with praise after Arsenal beat Manchester United Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more