EWB Zimbabwe Biogas Cooking Project 2021
The Carnegie Mellon University chapter of Engineers Without Borders is a student organization whose mission is to support community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects. Through these engineering projects, CMU EWB teaches students valuable engineering skills, such as teamwork and problem solving, by giving them the chance to apply their coursework to real world issues. Our Zimbabwe program consists of around 20 students and 3 mentors, and we focus on implementing impactful, environmentally conscious, and sustainable projects in the community of Nyadire, Zimbabwe.
After conducting an assessment trip to Nyadire, Zimbabwe in August 2017, we and the community determined that the firewood cooking systems would need a drastic change to combat the significant cost, sustainability, and sourcing issues of firewood (partly due to the implementation of deforestation zones in Zimbabwe).
To bridge the gap between sustainability and cost, CMU EWB is designing an environmentally efficient biogas cooking system using Nyadire’s available resources to meet the community’s cooking needs. For this project, we will be piloting the system in the Nyadire Primary School, which provides 3 meals per day at school for over 250 boarding students.
Through research, data collection from Nyadire contacts, and technical calculations, students determined the size and type of the anaerobic digester suitable for Nyadire's Primary School. After the design process, we are now in the implementation phase, which involves turning students’ designs into reality, taking accountability for the long-term efficiency and results in the process.
With EWB Crowdfunding donations, we will be able to send more of our EWB Zimbabwe team members to engage with the local community whom they have been working remotely with. This two-week-long trip is set to occur as soon as it is safe to travel internationally, either in December 2020 or August 2021. We hope to send at least 4-5 students on the trip, and even more additional team members if our budget allows us to do so. With our current fundraising goal of $2,000 USD, it is enough to support one student to travel on the trip, with the plane tickets costing ~$2,000 USD per person round trip. We are also actively fundraising by applying to CMU grants and reaching out to corporations for sponsorships, so any donations would be helpful in allowing us to send as many of our team members on the trip as possible.
Thank you for your time, and we hope you consider CMU Engineers Without Borders for your donation. Our project team and entire organization as a whole would be very grateful for the support! If you have any questions or would like any further information, please contact Sophie Yeh at firstname.lastname@example.org or (949) 923-9763.
*Given the current restrictions on travel and large gatherings, the Engineers without Borders Team may not be able to travel this year.
If they are not able to travel, all funds raised will remain with the club to be used for a similar purpose going forward.*