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The village of El Carrizalito has a population of just under 200 people and is located at the top of a rocky mountain at an elevation of over 3500' above sea level. EWB-NEU has decided to take on the challenge of designing and implementing a non-gravity fed water system in El Carrizalito, a village where the location of their main water source is positioned at lowest point of the village. In order to go ahead with this design, EWB-NEU came to the conclusion that electricity was necessary to bring to the village in order to power a water pump to transport water to the village. Much of EWB-NEU's motivation in this village comes from a villager named Carlos, who has captured many of the organization member's hearts. Carlos had the misfortune of being struck with Polio at an early age, impeding his ability to walk. Carlos is now forced to walk on his hands; seeing him carry his 50lb jerrycan with one hand and walking up the mountain with the other made EWB-NEU's decision to work in this village all that much easier. EWB-NEU believes that they have both the knowledge and the resources to make this project a successful one. This project will be pursued concurrently with another village, Los Oreros.
Bbanda is a town of nearly 1300 people in the Mityana District of south-central Uganda. Bbanda faces many challenges when it comes to water. The village has several springs in the area; however, all of these are contaminated, and the drilled wells in town are prone to breaking down. In Bbanda, it is the children who collect the water that their family will use. Not only does this place an incredible physical burden on the children, but it takes time that would otherwise be spent in school. In addition, the time and effort spent collecting water limits how much people will use, and this has negative health impacts. Solving Bbanda's water crisis will be a complex problem. In 2008, Friends of the Sick and Poor approached EWB-USA Northeastern about the water crisis in Bbanda. In April 2009, EWB-USA Northeastern traveled to Bbanda to meet with the community and learn crucial social and technical factors shaping the community’s water crisis. Upon return to the States, the team analyzed the challenges of bringing water to the town. Bbanda needs an increased supply of water, but it also needs water closer to its homes. In conjunction with the Bbanda Water Board, EWB-USA Northeastern drilled two wells and built a rainwater catchment system in August 2010. These two partners continued their work in April 2011, constructing and repairing three additional rainwater catchment systems on the town's elementary schools. In November 2011, EWB-USA Northeastern returned to Bbanda to build the necessary connections for the smooth construction of a larger water system.

After a long search, EWB-USA NEU has finally decided on a new program in the village of Las Delicias, Panama. Las Delicias is home to around 200 people in 50 homes, and it located about three and a half hours from Panama City. Most families make their livelihood through subsistence farming along with main cash crops including oranges and coffee.

In August 2014, a group of students and the Honduras Professional Mentor, Dan Saulnier, traveled on a service-learning trip and were placed in Las Delicias. They assisted the community in building a water storage tank for the local school, as the local water supply system was neither consistent nor sufficient enough to continuously supply the school or many of the villagers with water. The Northeastern students and faculty spoke with the villagers about their struggles with accessing water on a regular basis, and an initial explanation of Engineers Without Borders and the project process began.

When two EWB-USA NEU members were able to attend the ASCE Global Engineering Conference in Panama City, they also made time to travel to the village. They were able to further the relationship with the community and explain the application process, and the community set to work on completing their official application. The community of Las Delicias and the Northeastern Chapter continued to coordinate and were able to submit their reports, which resulted in an official approval of the program in mid-March of 2015.

The first assessment trip took place in August 2015, and the work is ongoing.

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