Engineering for Change in Haiti

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Engineering students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are designing and implementing a Septic System for the orphanage Project Hope located in Les Cayes, Haiti. 
Haiti is the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most impoverished nations in the world. There are no sewers connecting sinks, showers and toilets to wastewater treatment plants. Most of the people use outhouses, and much of that waste ends up in canals, ditches and other unsanitary dumping grounds where it can contaminate drinking water and spread disease. 
Students of Engineers for Change have created a Capstone Design course where they will learn how to design a septic system to be specifically implemented and duplicated at the Project Hope Orphanage. Students will travel to the Haiti Development Study Center in January of 2018 and once there travel to and from the Orphanage where on-sight percolation and hydraulic conductivity tests of the soil, site surveying, and data collection will be performed. In March of 2018 another trip to the orphanage will take place in order to assess and manage any potential engineering problems during the implementation of the septic system.  
The proceeds raised from this fundraiser will provide assistance in travel costs to the Project Hope orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti.

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