Hello Friends! My name is Michelle Roy. I am a soon to be senior Civil Engineering Major and the president of Valparaiso’s student chapter of Engineers without Borders. I love being part of this organization as it allows me to combine my passion for serving others, my love of traveling, and what I am learning into the classroom into one activity.
Currently EWB-Valpo is working on repairing an irrigation canal in Masaera, Tanzania. Masaera is a small village of about 3,000 people at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Most of them are farmers and depend on the irrigation canal to water their crops. This year our main focus is to build a concrete drop box at the first junction of the canal. This will give them a gate so they can actually control where the water flows as well as prevent the severe erosion the water is causing in the mountainside. This fix is extremely important since if left untouched, it is only a matter of time before the water erodes the mountainside away completely allowing the water to escape before it reaches the village.
Read my blog to learn more about my adventures this summer as I build with the villagers, help the water committee ensure the project remains sustainable, laugh and play with the little kids, and learn about Tanzanian culture. Feel free to browse through my pictures. If you have any questions for me about the trip or EWB in general feel free to email me at email@example.com or check out the EWB website at http://www.valpo.edu/student/ewb/.