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UTRC funds UConn Engineers Without Borders trip to Ethiopia

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With the help of a generous donation from United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the UConn chapter of Engineering Without Borders (EWB) will design and build an irrigation system for an impoverished farming community in Ethiopia.

EWB is a campus club that partners with communities in need to create sustainable engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs. The club is working with the Civil and Environmental Engineering department to plan the large-scale irrigation project. This irrigation system will extend the length and improve the quality of the growing season for the benefit of the more than 1,000 households in the Abba Samuel River Watershed, Ethiopia.

UTRC’s recent donation of $5,575 will allow UConn students to travel to Ethiopia this coming January. This trip serves as a preliminary observation of the sites to prepare for the coming implementation trips. The team aims to develop stronger ties with the community and to personally show that UConn students are committed to helping the community for years to come, while collecting data on the region to develop and generate a plan for the irrigation system. 

Story courtesy of Adrienne Miceli, Engineers Without Borders, UConn .