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Our Work


Actively Working with Partner NGO and Communities in Guatemala

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Our Work


Actively Working with Partner NGO and Communities in Guatemala

Guatemala Program


EWB-RMP works with indigenous communities in the Quiché region of Guatemala. Our local NGO partner is La Asociacion de Comites Comunitarios Medio Ambiental de la Region Ixil (ACCMARI). ACCMARI is comprised of community leaders from more than 54 villages who come together regularly to prioritize infrastructure needs across all the region's communities. ACCMARI's volunteer leadership then coordinates the planning, implementation, and monitoring of projects.

Guatemala Program


EWB-RMP works with indigenous communities in the Quiché region of Guatemala. Our local NGO partner is La Asociacion de Comites Comunitarios Medio Ambiental de la Region Ixil (ACCMARI). ACCMARI is comprised of community leaders from more than 54 villages who come together regularly to prioritize infrastructure needs across all the region's communities. ACCMARI's volunteer leadership then coordinates the planning, implementation, and monitoring of projects.

XEXUXCAP - WATER SYSTEM AUGMENTATION

Xexuxcap is located in the Cuchumatanes Mountains of Guatemala’s Ixil triangle region. The community’s primary drinking water source is a nearby spring. In order to continue to provide drinking water of an adequate quantity and quality to the roughly 320 taps spread throughout the community at homes, schools, churches, and medical facilities, the Xexuxcap Water Committee recently purchased a second spring source. This new water source roughly 3 kilometers from the town center. 

EWB-RMP began working in Xexuxcap in the spring of 2018 with the goal of designing and implementing infrastructure to connect the new spring source to the existing water system. This will ultimately consist of a transmission pipeline to deliver water to the village, a break pressure tank, and additional storage reservoirs to improve the water supply to neighborhoods which are at higher elevations. EWB-RMP also plans to evaluate the existing chlorination system to determine if that system can be improved to be more effective and simplify operations and maintenance requirements. The team is currently working on the design of this system expansion, with plans to begin implementation in the spring of 2019.

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SUMAL GRANDE - WATER SYSTEM AUGMENTATION

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EWB-RMP is assisting the community of Sumal Grande in its efforts to provide clean, reliable, and convenient drinking water to all of its residents. A military occupation during the violence of the Guatemalan civil war devastated the community’s way of life and they are still in a process of recovering. As a part of this process, the people of Sumal Grande are rebuilding their infrastructure. 

Before the project with EWB-RMP, Sumal Grande had an older water system that did not meet the overall capacity requirements of the community, did not reach all homes, distributed water unequally between homes that were connected, and had no water treatment. Over the past 20 years, the water committee worked hard to maintain the system they had, raise local funds, and take steps to expand the system. The community had purchased a new spring and added a storage tank on their own before looking for outside input.

Due to the mountainous terrain and technical challenges of augmenting an existing system, the community water committee and ACCMARI requested EWB-RMP’s help with designing the system expansion and raising supplemental funds for implementation. 

In March 2017, the community of Sumal Grande completed Implementation Phase 1 of their project, with oversight from RMP and assistance from ACCMARI. Phase 1 featured the construction of a spring catchment box and conduction line, to connect another spring to the community’s existing water system. In addition, a chlorinator was constructed, the existing water distribution network was expanded, and float-valves were added to existing tanks. The result is an enhanced water system with redundant spring sources, water chlorination capability, greater flow, and increased water storage. 

In March 2018 RMP continued with the design and construction of Phase 2 of the gravity-fed water system augmentation project for Sumal Grande. During this phase of implementation RMP expanded the existing gravity-fed potable water system and constructed a distribution and mixing tank for a newly acquired spring water source. 

A monitoring trip is planned for 2019 in preparation for closing out the project and to conduct follow-up water testing to verify that the new chlorinators are being used correctly.

NEPAL PROGRAM (CLOSED)


EWB-RMP partnered with the Namsaling Community Development Center (NCDC), an NGO based in Ilam, Nepal that facilitates projects related to waste management and reduction, drinking water supply, sustainable energy, and environmental conservation. EWB-RMP’s relationship with NCDC began formally in the fall of 2012, although members of EWB-RMP have worked with NCDC in the past through the EWB-CU Nepal student chapter. This program was closed in 2017, after successful completion of the Khosli Dhara project.

NEPAL PROGRAM (CLOSED)


EWB-RMP partnered with the Namsaling Community Development Center (NCDC), an NGO based in Ilam, Nepal that facilitates projects related to waste management and reduction, drinking water supply, sustainable energy, and environmental conservation. EWB-RMP’s relationship with NCDC began formally in the fall of 2012, although members of EWB-RMP have worked with NCDC in the past through the EWB-CU Nepal student chapter. This program was closed in 2017, after successful completion of the Khosli Dhara project.

KHOSLI DHARA - SPRING SOURCE PROTECTION

NCDC expressed to EWB-RMP that the Ilam community had identified the need for a spring source protection project at Kholsi Dhara. Some information on the Kholsi Dhara spring source was already available to EWB-RMP from the EWB-CU Nepal student chapter, such as land survey data. An assessment trip was conducted by EWB-RMP in January 2014 to collect additional data, including spring source flow rate, water quality measurements, dimensions of the existing spring source structures, and additional land survey data. Successful implementation of the spring protection project was completed in March 2015.

In late 2017, two members of the Nepal team traveled to Ilam, Nepal to monitor the Kholsi Dhara spring source protection project (SSP), and close out the project with the local community. The trip was a success - all general monitoring criteria indicate the SSP is operating as implemented. The local user committee and the Namsaling Community Development Center (NCDC) actively operate and maintain Kholsi Dhara without EWB involvement. NCDC continues to be involved with development projects throughout Nepal, and is expanding their Kathmandu office to better address earthquake devastated regions of the country. Overall, the partnership between RMP, NCDC, and the local community produced a wonderful project - over 300 families have directly benefited from the clean and reliable Kholsi Dhara SSP.