Current Projects

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EWB-MSU Team Members have worked on the following projects over the course of the organization's involvement in Khwisero:

Major Projects (Approval from EWB-USA)

Other Projects

Household Surveys
*Documentary (The Water Carriers)
*Radio Documentary
*Maintenance Trainings
*A variety of original-member-research

Major Projects


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Composting Latrines

Composting latrines have been implemented at several schools in Khwesiro with the purpose of reducing schools' cost of latrines, decreasing footprint of latrines, and preventing ground water contamination from human waste.

There are several resources describing the specific composting latrines installed in Khwesiro and general information about composting latrines.
-Composting Latrine Report by Chris Renner, Quinn Bloom, Tom Brown, 23 January 2010; word document
-Composting pres by Chris Allen?, pre 2010; powerpoint document
-Composting latrine maintenance by Chris Allen?, pre 2010; word document
-The Humanure Handbook, third edition by Joseph Jenkins, 2005; pdf
-Composting Latrine [Shirali Composting Latrine] by Chris Allen?, pre 2010 ; pdf
-On Conflict and Consensus: A Handbook on Formal Consensus Decisionmaking by C.T. Lawrence Butler and Amy Rothstein, 2007; pdf [there may be a better location for this document]

Biogas Latrine

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MEM Pipeline Project

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Rainwater Catchment System

Some basic project resources

Materials Cost estimates for the MEM pipeline

Basic Information about Concrete and Concrete Construction

Rainwater Catchment System Handbook

Composting Latrine Handbook

Questions to Answer

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Have these projects always been at Khwisero?

What activities does the club do while at Khwisero?
Facilitation of construction projects and community meetings, information collection for future trips, others…

How long has the club been involved with Khwisero?
Ronald began working on the project proposal in 2003. EWB at MSU began working on the Khwisero project in spring of 2004.

Are there any other EWB clubs involved in areas around Khwisero?
University of Massachusetts - Amherst is closest. They have another water project several hours north of Khwisero, near Eldoret.

How much do these projects generally cost, both the entire project and for one individual to go?
$15,000 for 80 meter borehole, handpump, and gantry
$1000 - $3000 for composting latrines
$100 for eyeglasses clinic

$2000 for individual plane tickets
$300 for passport, immunizations, travel items
$400-500 per month general travel expenses while in Kenya, depending on housing situation

How many members can/do go on a project?

Can new members go to a project that same year if they don't know much about engineering?
Yes. Engineering is only a small part of the work that is necessary for our project to be successful and sustainable, and the engineering we do is relatively simple. Our design work is approved by an EWB-USA Technical Advisory Committee before implementation, and a professional engineer travels with us. More experienced members will mentor and assist newer members.

How labor intensive are the projects, and how much of the labor is exclusively done by EWB members?
Construction projects are extremely labor intensive. Travel Team Members can participate as much as they feel comfortable in the process, but ultimately the projects belong to the schools they are constructed at, and the vast majority of the work is generally done by paid laborers from the community.

Are there any notable members of the community who have helped a lot on the projects?

See people we know.

Do the members of the community feel that the projects have been an improvement to their area?

Were there any major problems with projects in the past that required rethinking what was needed in that project?

Is it difficult to get to and move around in Khwisero?

Are there any engineers outside of EWB who help with projects?