In Northwest Tanzania near the Burundi border is the community of Biharu. This community of over 12,000 people is currently living off a water system meant to serve 3,000 people. Having been in place for several generations, it lacks basic treatment processes, ongoing maintenance & upgrades as well as the volume needed to meet today’s and future consumption needs. With a population that has quadrupled, we aim to help provide much needed updates, repairs and improvements to this community in need. That is why we’ve decided to adopt this project to assist the Biharu community.
Our first assessment trip is planned for June 2020. Five of our team members will travel to the community to assess current conditions, speak with the community, and collect data. You can support the team and Biharu by donating here: EWB-GA Donation Link. Be sure to specify the donation is to our chapter.
It will ask you “Would you like to credit this donation to a specific fundraiser or team (optional)?” Please specify the Greater Austin Chapter to ensure your donation reaches us.
Lizzie first joined Engineers Without Borders (EWB) as a student at Southern Methodist University (SMU). She participated in their Rwanda Project as Cultural Lead and in their Bolivia Project as a traveling member for their implementation project. While in the community in Bolivia, she collected soil and water samples for her research project on the soil and groundwater interactions. Upon completing her master’s degree at SMU, Lizzie moved to Austin and joined the Greater Austin chapter of EWB, becoming the Director of Projects and the Project Lead for Tanzania. Lizzie has a passion for using her engineering skills to empower the people around her and abroad.
Water doesn’t have a right answer. There’s either too many people, too limited access, too little means, and no single solution. I came to EWB to work a problem that I cannot solve; I came to bring water to people. To do this I studied our interdependence with water infrastructure as an R&D engineer with the US Army Corps; I worked to design water distribution systems for rural communities as an engineering consultant; and I developed resilient water guidance as a public servant. By myself I cannot bring water to people, I cannot solve our water problem. But with our EWB team of engineers, this community in need, and your help we can work the problem together.
Koko Uko, Tanzania Team Member