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CSU's Engineers Without Borders chapter hosting fundraiser with Panda Express May 3

May 1, 2012
by Amanda Ford

The CSU chapter of Engineers Without Borders will host a fundraiser with the support of Panda Express on Thursday, May 3 in the Lory Student Center to support installation of a transmission line for a new well in El Salvador.

The estimated project cost is $30,000. In order for Panda Express to donate a percentage of each purchase, customers must present a flyer when they pay.

Student chapter in El Salvador

The student chapter of Engineers Without Borders at CSU pledged their help in 2009 after being contacted by Peace Corps volunteer member, Heather Coleman, about the insufficient supply of clean water in the small rural agricultural village of La Criba in northwest El Salvador.

Engineers Without Borders is an organization that works with communities in developing countries to provide reliable access to safe drinking water.

Adam Byrne, current president of the chapter along with seven other members and the EWB-CSU professional mentor, Keith Thompson,traveled to El Salvador in June 2011 to facilitate the drilling of a new well for the community. The next step for the chapter is to install a transmission line for the new well to the existing storage tanks in the village.

Money to be used for construction costs

“The money raised will be applied towards the construction costs associated with implementing the next phase of our project,” said Byrne. “Specifically, we'll be installing a pump in the recently constructed well and building a transmission line that will connect the well to the community's existing tank and water distribution system.”

“This phase of the project requires a great deal of time and money, and we are hoping to improve awareness of the work our organization is doing to increase student involvement and to perhaps reach out to potential donor,” said Byrne.

The community needs a more consistent source of potable water and an improved storage/distribution system. With the help of EWB-CSU, the people of La Criba are learning to understand their personal responsibilities in maintaining the system and using it effectively, Byrne said.

Contact: Emily Wilmsen
Phone: (970) 491-2336