2007 La Romana Implementation Trip

Batey Lima, Dominican Republic Implementation Trip: A group of nine EWB-KC engineers and volunteers returned to La Romana, Dominican Republic to complete an initial implementation trip from November 3 to November 10, 2007. The project team focused on four integrated components in this trip:

  •  Access to Safe Drinking Water: We installed three point-of-use Bio-sand filters to remove dangerous bacteria, including e.Coli from the water source with the end goal of reducing water borne illnesses. These filters were installed at the homes of community leaders in Batey Lima. We improved upon the original design and existing resources by developing a community scale in-line filter system. A pilot system was constructed at our base in La Romana and we hope to install this community filter during our spring implementation trip.
  • IImproved Access to Sanitation: We developed a partnership with the community leaders to improve existing sanitation facilities and provided some of the resources & education necessary to maintain the facilities. We cleaned community shower houses with residents and improved drainage from these areas.
  •  Starting Community Gardens: During the community survey, we met with several residents interested in home-based gardens. We determined that that the limiting factor to more localized food production was the availability of seeds and plants. Interested residents were knowledgeable about creating compost and growing vegetables. We provided three fruit trees to the school (lemon, avocado, and mango) and vegetable seeds to interested gardeners.
  •  Hygiene Education: We worked with all of the batey residents, specifically children, to educate about the importance of personal hygiene. Where we installed point-of-use filters and provided water collection containers, we used lessons such as, How to Properly Collect, Filter, and Store Drinking Water. Activities with children, such as picking up trash or cleaning the shower houses, were followed with a lesson in Appropriate Handwashing Methods. This education was especially targeted towards children utilizing fun and engaging teaching methods (songs, games, etc), because children are the most impressionable and the most vulnerable to water borne illnesses.

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