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Man tying white string around student's wrist. Thailand

Project Cost: $40,000.00

Assessment Cost: $14,500.00

Implementation Cost: $25,500.00

Funds Needed: $0.00

Background: The village of Nong Bua had water that was contaminated with heavy metals and bacteria. The people there have made numerous attempts to drill wells to provide cheap, clean water alternatives, but to no avail. This has forced the already poverty-stricken people of this farming community to purchase costly bottled water. The implemented design included reinstalling the backwash system, adding a chlorinator, and building a cage around the aeration unit to keep animals/birds out of the system. The project was approved and is currently being maintained by the village of Nong Bua. A water team was also established for sustainability.

The implementation of our Thailand Project has been featured in the documentary filmThailand: Untappeddirected by Emmy-winning documentary editor Dena Seidel. The film was accepted into the 2012 New Jersey Film Festival.


Members of the Nong Bua community in Thailand show their gratitude by tying white string's around the travel team's wrists. (Shown here: Jessica Kretch, Civil Eng. '11)


Student playing with Guatemalan child. Guatemala

Project Cost: $82,690.00

Assessment Cost: $11,000.00

Implementation Cost: $71,690.00

Funds Needed: $16,629.00

Background: NSCI, Guatemala is a village of approximately 4,000 people of Mayan descent and has been in existence since 2000.The town was originally located about 20 km away from its current location. Hurricane Mitch in 1998 caused mudslides that destroyed 60-75% of the old village. The new town has access to good roads, decent houses, schools, health centers and farming land, but faces a crucial problem of insufficient water supply for domestic use. The Water Committee of NSCI sought help from EWB-USA and thus the Rutgers Chapter got involved with the project in January 2009. The project has technical and financial support from the local Municipality. Repair and Redesign of NSCI's Water Supply System is the main goal of the project. EWB-USA Rutgers has conducted three project assessments and one implementation thus far.

Colin Henry (Bioenv. Eng. '10) plays with one of the children in the community of NSCI.


Students participate in a Kenyan tradition with members of the community.Kenya

Funds Needed: $45,100.00

Background: Located in Southwest Kenya, Kolunje is a cohesive and well organized community of over 18,000 people. The lack of reliable sanitary water has crippled progress in Kolunje. The lack of access to clean water is a plaguing problem in Kolunje, Kenya. The community currently relies on a series of intermittent streams, shallow wells, and other unprotected sources of water. During household health surveys administered on the first assessment trip, cases of cholera, typhoid, diarrhea, and other waterborne disease were widespread. The project team is currently assessing design possibilities for the water system.

Travel team members interact with community members in a Kenyan tradition. (Shown here: David Lam, Bioenv. Eng. '11, and David Wallace, Env. Policy '12)

Students participate in a Kenyan tradition with members of the community.Tanzania

Assessment Cost: $31,630.00

Funds Needed: $69,950.00

The Tanzania project is EWB-USA Rutgers’ newest international project which officially began in December 2015. Karatu is a primarily rural region with a population of approximately 180,000 people spread across a total land area of around 3,300 square kilometers. Within this district are six different villages that the Karatu Villages Water Supply (KAVIWASU) supplies water to. The community’s challenge is that the river and other surface water sources that provide water during most of the year dry up heavily during the dry seasons. As a result, community members have little choice but to walk long distances to collect their water from other sources. Often women and children are the ones who are left to bear this burden, limiting their ability to do other work or go to school. In order to provide for all of its constituents, KAVIWASU is hoping to develop additional water sources, and therefore has partnered with EWB-USA Rutgers.

Landen Naphtali sits with a few of the children in the community of Karatu.

Domestic Projects

Camden project discussing near water catchment system.


Project Cost: $3000

Assessment Cost: $60.00

Implementation Cost: $200

Sustainability Cost: $250/year

Funds Needed: $1000

Background: Camden, NJ has 77,344 residents according to the 2010 Census. The per capita income for the city is 1,967 and 35.4% of the population live below the poverty line. Based on statistics reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Camden has been ranked the nation's most dangerous city in 2004, 2005 and 2009, based on crime statistics in the six categories of murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and auto theft. In recent years, the lack of grocery stores and supermarkets has contributed greatly to the food and health crisis among residents of Camden, NJ, not to mention its struggling economy and poor standard of living.

Camden project members discuss with a member of the community near an installed water catchment system.