Past Programs

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

The Dominican Republic | Flood Mitigation Project (Nov. 2014- Aug. 2015)

Background:

Esfuerzo de Paraiso is a semi-urban community outside of Santo Domingo. The community of Esfuerzo de Paraiso consisted of approximately 70-80 households, with households averaging four to seven family members. The community is separated from the larger surrounding community of Paraiso by the flood plain and a steep hill and is bordered by both a small drainage canal and a small river. This inhibited the people from leaving the community – preventing children from going to school and adults from going to work. Rains flood the extent of this field, with water rising to 6 – 8 feet deep in some areas, preventing exit from and entry to the community.

Response:

EWB-OSU planned to alleviate and provide a solution to the major issues the floods have been creating in Esfuerzo de Paraiso. After assessment of the hydraulic analysis, it was confirmed that the project would be too large scale for our student organization. Thus, the team decided that we would no longer progress forward with this program.

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El Salvador | Latrine Project (Nov. 2009- Nov. 2013)

Background:

The Las Pilitas neighborhood, located south on the fringes of San Pedro Puxtla, finds itself affected by heavy rains during the rainy season. The community is located in a ravine and is often flooded. Currently, no safe form of human waste containment or removal exists in the village. This lack of basic sanitation causes the only available supply of water to be contaminated. Amplified by the flooding down the ravine, the residents of Las Pilitas are at risk for many diseases.

Response:

The Central Ohio Professionals chapter of EWB was responsible for the larger project umbrella in this community. They constructed a road that will access the community and connect it to the neighboring town. However, before the road can be completed a water line had to be laid. Before the local water authority will consider building this water line, proper sanitation must be in place. For more information about this project, visit the Central Ohio Professionals. EWB-OSU is completing this sanitation phase of the project in conjunction with EWB-COH.

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LOCAL PROJECTS

Bat Houses with FLOW

We worked with the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) to put up two bat houses at a local Columbus park. Our goal was to come up with a plan for a cement base and support for the house. The bat houses will benefit the ecosystem in the area and help to control mosquito and insect populations. 

Buckeye Precious Plastics Bulk Bag Process (finalized Autumn 2020)

EWB-OSU partnered with Buckeye Precious Plastics to design a simple process for creating bulk bags by upcycling single use grocery bags. Our members created 2 bulk bags by ironing and sewing together hundreds of plastic bags. The committee also assembled a quick how-to guide on creating these bulk bags. The 2 bags created are used on campus in places like Baker Systems in order to collect plastic bottle caps for recycling and upcycling.