The country of Guatemala is located in Central America right below the border of Mexico. It is the most populated country in Central America but is one of the poorest countries in Latin America as more than half of the population is below the national poverty line. Before our first project in the Saloj Village in Guatemala, the members of the community spend approximately 20% of their weekly income to be supplied with sanitary drinking water. Because of this, many families opt to resort to unhealthy forms of drinking water to save that income.
Our chapter of Engineers Without Borders plans to travel to the Saloj Village for the first time in August 2022. We have selected a travel team with 11 students and 2 advisors which will make our 2022 team the largest in our chapter’s history. Granted conditions are safe, our team will travel for 10 days at the beginning of August to implement our first design.
In our first project, our chapter plans to supply 250 people within 40 families with safe drinking water for a fraction of the cost from the previous supplier. This project will be completed through the design of a gravity-fed pipeline that will transport water from a natural spring to the community. The pipeline will have to pass down a mountain, varying elevation drops, a steep valley, major roadways, and newly built aerial crossings.
Tiger Giving Day 2022
Our chapter is honored to have been selected by the College of Engineering for Tiger Giving Day 2022. Our Guatemala project was specifically selected to be sponsored on February 23 with a goal to raise $10,000 for our project. We are incredibly thankful to the College of Engineering, the Auburn family, and all of our donors for their continued support which allows for our students and faculty to truly change the lives of the Saloj community.