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Student Engineers' Project Expands Access to Clean Water in Kenyan Village

April 2nd, 2015
Students in Engineering Without Borders-Princeton worked with a community in Kenya to design and build a rainwater catchment system, giving the village a source of clean, reliable water. (Video still by Jessica Luo, Class of 2015)

In 2012, Swahili lecturer Mahiri Mwita approached Princeton University's chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) with the idea of starting a project in the Kuria District of Kenya where he grew up. Three years later, a team of Princeton engineering students has helped design and build an award-winning rainwater catchment system there to provide clean, reliable water, and the group plans to build another system this summer.

"After we finished our project and tested it, we had a small — it wasn't really small, it was a good three hours — meeting with the entire community," said sophomore Devansh Gupta, an electrical engineering major. "We gave them a tour of the entire project. … They were really appreciative of it."

Engineers Without Borders partners with communities in developing countries around the world and works on sustainable engineering solutions to meet local needs. The chapter, encouraged by Mwita's enthusiasm, decided to form a team to pursue a new project in Kenya.

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