MSPP would like to congratulate Rebecca Standefer and Zack Dahmm on their recent graduation from the School of Engineering at SIUE. Becky and Zack chose our water pump project in Guatemala as their senior design project. Working with their professional mentor, Christopher Parrish, an engineer at American Water, MO. they have designed the pump system we will be using to provide more easily accessible water for the families in Virginia.
In January 2014, our president, Terri Cranmer took a small travel team back to Virginia to finish collecting data. We were fortunate enough to have a recent graduate from the Universidad del Valle travel with us. Varinia Ruano Bocaletti is a chemical engineer and was invaluable when it came to water quality testing. The team surveyed the entire community, reassessed the flotation of the spring and retested the quality of the water. Most importantly, on this trip the final partnership agreement between MSPP, Engineers Without Borders and thecommunity of Virginia was signed.
While the engineering students at SIUE work on the structural design for the holding tank, the task of raising the funds needed to see this project through to completion continues. The total cost for the project will be in excess of $65,000.00. Ten percent of the total cost is the responsibility of the community. MSPP and EWB/SIUE students will continue to raise funds through fundraising events and grant writing. But we would like to invite our supporters to help make a difference in the lives of the families residing in this community.