The EWB-UNM 5k River Run is a fundraiser for the Engineers Without Borders-UNM Chapter. Proceeds from this race will go toward the Tsimane-Bolivia project where we are working to get access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation to several communities inhabited by the Tsimane, an indigenous tribe.
The mission of EWB-USA is to support community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. Our core values are integrity, service, collaboration, ingenuity, leadership and safety. The University of New Mexico chapter is working with the Tsimane people of northern Bolivia on water supply, hygiene, and sanitation projects.
In June 2011, the University of New Mexico chapter traveled with nine people to two communities to Bolivia, where EWB-UNM assisted in construction of a latrine, built several water filters from local materials, and conducted hygiene training. EWB-UNM's partner NGO has reported on use of filters and hand washing stations in these communities. During the Summer 2012 trip, we built and installed 20 bio sand filters as well as cleaned out and capped contaminated wells that were dangerous to future ground water sources. For our 2013 trip we hope to raise enough money to install future closed hand pump wells as well as install more bio sand filters.