Monday, September 21, 2015

Secondary Assessment

Hi everyone!

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Mackenzi and I am a third year Biological Engineer at the University of Florida. This is my second year on the Nepal Team and last August I traveled to Khanalthok, Nepal for our Secondary Assessment.

When we first arrived in Nepal and made our way through the capital, the damage caused by the earthquake was clear. Entire buildings were destroyed, several temporary tin roofs were placed on homes, and most buildings were kept standing with 2X4’s.
Durbar Square 03 - earthquake damage.JPGIMG_2024.JPG

I also experienced a little of the culture shock that Taylor mentioned in her very first blog-post from Nepal. Just driving through the streets I could see amazing differences. Cluttered and unorganized telephone lines clouded the skyline, people and motorcycles crowded the streets, and the smell of amazing food was overwhelming.
Kathmandu streets - electric lines 05.JPGIMG_2030.JPG

After exploring different parts of Kathmandu, we made our way to the village of Khanalthok.

On August 19th, 2015, Matt (student), Kiran (student), Shree Krishna (NGO contact), Bibhu (volunteer), Sheila (volunteer), Maurice (mentor), Dr. Ullman (mentor), and I arrived in Khanalthok, Nepal at the Shree Janahit Secondary School.

As soon as I walked into the courtyard I was sold. The students, faculty, and the area itself captured my heart immediately. We were so graciously greeted by the school faculty and many small smiling faces! It was hard not to frantically wave at everyone and even more difficult to take in our surroundings. But really, the students at the school were so curious and eager to see their new visitors! During our initial meeting with the faculty, the kids were crowding in the doorways and pushing each other out of the way just to get a glimpse of what was happening inside. Except every time I looked their way they sheepishly turned away with giggles.
IMG_6563.JPGKhanalthok assessment - students watching investigation of damaged water storage tank 02.JPG

On a serious note, during the meeting the school’s needs were reaffirmed as well as their accompanying commitment to the project. We wanted to make sure that the school still needed help with their water quality and quantity issues even after the earthquake. Our main priority is to help the community in anyway and this meeting helped strengthen our relationship with them. We also brought several boxes of school supplies as donations to the school.

Following the meeting, the travel team toured the school grounds and recorded the damage from the earthquake. The buildings here were comparatively better than those in Kathmandu but still in very poor condition. Almost entire walls of the school were demolished, cracks in the water tank worsened, and the girls latrines were collapsed.

We also collected the necessary specific data to allow us to move forward to the design phase of the project. The collections included: GPS mapping of important school structures, measuring the elevations of the land, measuring the building roof areas, and calculating the volume of the school’s damaged tank.
Khanalthok assessment - rainwater harvesting gutter on building at northeast corner of complex 03 - team taking measurements.JPG


Until we return to Khanalthok in May 2016, our team will be hard at work designing something truly amazing to help this beautiful community. IMG_6673.JPG

Keep coming back for more updates! 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Are you applying this fall?

Hello EWBers!

Have you looked at the application yet? NO? Go start it! Really! GO! I know you want to be awesome like that. I know you want to join us in helping improve the Shree Janahit Secondary School!

Whether you've started your application or not, we have a BRAND NEW resource for you to reference to help you with your understanding of the project so that your video can be amazing! We have finalized the 2015 Post Assessment Document for you to read and use information in your video, so go check it out!

Read the post from last week to get all of the information on applying to the team.

We can't wait to watch your videos! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Soap, Sponges, and Suds

On Saturday August 29th the EWB Nepal Team went to Checkers on the corner of 34th and University for a car wash!

We washed cars from 8 am to 4 pm! At the end of the day we counted up a total of $400 that we raised to go toward the project.

Thank you to everyone who came out to help wash cars and a big thank you to everyone who stopped to have their cars washed as well!

Since it was such a successful event, we will be having another car wash on October 24th. Make sure you cars are nice and dirty by then so you can bring them out to be washed!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Team Applications - Fall 2015

Hello EWBers!

Welcome back to campus for a hot and humid start to Fall 2015. The Nepal Team is excited to announce that applications for the team are NOW OPEN! Click the button below to download the application.

The application process will consist two parts. First, a project and personal information form will be submitted online. Then there will be an interview process for select candidates. The application process might seem a little daunting, but we want to see who is willing to put in the maximum effort into the application process.

We are looking for students from all disciplines to join our team! You don't have to be an engineer! We need marketing people, engineers, Nepali speakers, and anyone with talents and passion to help our project move forward! So don't let the name Engineers Without Borders stop you from applying from all majors!

You can use information from our 2014 Post-Assessment Trip Document, 2014 Assessment Trip Presentationthe blog (congrats you already found it!), and the Facebook page to get to know the project and use the information in your application project. Be on the lookout for an updated 2015 Assessment trip document and presentation in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in joining the project team, submit your application to by 11:59pm on September, 30th, 2015. 

We are looking forward to reading your applications and getting to meet our 
potential new team members. Apply today to join our family!