Thank You Jed & Project Update

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Our technical mentor, Jed Holt, has traveled with us to Gomoa Gyaman on three implementation trips. Not only was he there for us when we needed last-minute design changes and kept us on task during the daily meetings, but he also created lasting relationships with the community and travel team members. To thank him for the time he has put into our chapter, members of past travel teams met Jed and his wife in Indianapolis for dinner. We all enjoyed good food and reminisced about our trips to Ghana with him. The EWB contract with the community of Gomoa Gyaman, which was signed at the beginning of our partnership in 2011, stated that we would continue our partnership for five years. The chapter also decided that the needs of the community of…
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Winter Implementation Trip to Ghana

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This February marked EWB-RHIT’s fifth trip to Gomoa Gyaman, Ghana. Eight students and one faculty mentor, split into two separate teams, traveled to the community. One team was in charge of assessing potential sites for future latrines and determining the ideal method of construction for the substructure. The other team implemented the superstructure for the second community latrine.  Prior to their arrival, one completed 12-stall community latrine and a second completed latrine substructure had been implemented by previous Rose-Hulman travel teams. The assessment team evaluated four potential sites.  The team first created a general map of the community to record the site and current latrine locations. At each site, the team tested the soil for permeability, determined soil size and quality, measured elevation changes, and made general observations.  Additionally, a…
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THE VOTES ARE IN!

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Help us welcome the new EWB officers for 2017-2018!   Co-Presidents: Rachel Broughton (JR, Engineering Physics) and Camille Blaisdell (JR, Biomedical) Engineering Managers: Zsolt Truckai (SO, Mechanical) Fundraising/Marketing Co-Managers: Namuunaa Nadmid (FR, Biomedical) and Cydney Ogan (FR, Mechanical) Treasurer: Andrew Snyder (JR, Civil) Secretary: Emma Brewer (FR, Biomedical)   The new officers will spend winter quarter training under the current officers to learn how to fill their new roles. They will officially take office in the spring. Congratulations to all the new officers!  
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EWB-RHIT Implements the Substructure for the Second Latrine

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In August of 2016, we traveled to the village of Gomoa Gyaman , Ghana for the fourth time since 2013. Our travel team consisted of six students, Camille Blaisdell, Rachel Broughton, Louis Campbell, Emily Haussmann, Andy Rhine, and Dhruv Vora, our technical mentor Jed Holt, and our faculty mentor Dr. Daniel Tetteh-Richter. On previous trips, we constructed one latrine and communicated with village elders to formulate a design to meet Gomoa Gyaman’s needs as serve as a source of pride. During this trip, we completed the substructure of the second latrine in the village. We also completed the superstructure of the first latrine since time restraints kept last spring’s travel team from finishing. The community, with the supervision of the team, painted the latrine and finished installing the plumbing, stall…
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Return to Ghana

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In just a few weeks, from February 25th to March 6th, we will be returning to Gomoa Gyaman, Ghana to finish constructing the latrine! Over the fall and winter, the latrine substructure remained covered and unused, waiting for the next phase of construction. We will make use of the lessons learned on last summer’s trip including quality and availability of materials and labor delegation. Currently, we are making sure all of our vaccinations are complete, developing a construction plan, and calculating the amount of material and labor required. This lengthy process includes all members of the club, not only those who will be travelling. This latrine will have 10 stalls and 2 handwashing stations. It will be constructed using CMU and mortar walls with a truss-style roof. Stalls will be…
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Ghana Go-Ahead

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The RHIT student chapter of EWB has been given final approval to travel to Ghana on their first implementation trip to the community of Gomoa Gyaman! It’s been since August 2013 that the chapter first traveled to Gomoa Gyaman on an assessment trip in which the team met with community leaders and residents to learn about the needs of the community. The team learned that the community suffers from a sanitation issue due to a lack of adequate places to go to the bathroom. Much of the community practices open defecation while using the limited privacy of brush and other plants. The bathroom facilities that do exist are in very poor condition and pose structural safety threats. Children in the community are at high risk of contracting fecal-born diseases as…
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Technical Mentor Transition

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Wil Painter has been with the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Engineers Without Borders student chapter since 2010 as the technical mentor. Wil traveled on a total of eight trips abroad to the communities of Batey Cinco Casas and Batey Santa Rosa in the Dominic Republic and Gomoa Gyaman in Ghana. In Batey Cinco Casas, Wil was instrumental in the design and construction of a hurricane resistant roof for a medical clinic which entirely enclosed the structure, allowing for installation of necessary medical equipment and overnight patient care. Another project for the medical clinic was the construction of a septic system which, in addition to the roof, allowed the hospital to expand more services to more patients. In Batey Santa Rosa, ventilated pit latrines were constructed to help relieve the community…
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Gratitude for Grads

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As the 2014-2015 school year is drawing to a close, we would like to take time to thank all of our outstanding graduating seniors! We are incredibly thankful for all that each of you have contributed to EWB-RHIT over the years and we hope you found the deep enlightenment associated with helping those less fortunate than us. Whether you traveled abroad with EWB or not, we hope you realize the impact that each of you made on those in the communities we served. We would also like to take this time to thank a special individual. Few members have devoted more of their time and energy into EWB-RHIT than our past president, marketing team manager, and treasurer, Jung Fang. Originally from China, Jung joined EWB his freshman year and made…
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EWB Great Lakes Regional Spring Workshop 2015

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  From February 28 to March 1, seven students and our advisor John Aidoo had the opportunity to attend the EWB Great Lakes Regional Spring Workshop at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The two day conference included participants attending the 2015 Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit, a dinner and discussion with members of other EWB chapters, and a Village Earth training session. Club members spent the first day of the conference at the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit (APTE). The summit, which is held every year at Ohio State University, explores topics of social entrepreneurship in order to “educate and inspire future change makers.” This year’s summit featured seven speakers. First to present, setting the pace for the rest of the summit, was Jim Ziolkowski. Ziolkowski is the founder…
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