“The mission of Engineers Without Borders is to improve the lives of the community. It didn’t seem right for us to improve the clinic’s water source without improving water for the entire community,” said Rebecca Gianotti, a doctoral student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering who is head of the project’s water team.
The Engeye Health Clinic, located in the village of Ddegeya, serves about 5,000 people living in the area. A U.S. physician, Stephanie Van Dyke, working with Ugandan John Kalule, established the clinic in 2007. Engeye is now a joint U.S.-Ugandan nongovernmental organization staffed by Ugandans — two full-time nurses, a doctor who makes the four-hour trip from the capital city of Kampala once a week, and clinic manager Kalule. It operates without running water, with just enough solar energy to power a couple of light bulbs, and no overnight capacity. But for the local people, it represents the only medical care available to them. The closest large clinic is a 40-minute, $1 taxi drive away, a trip that most people simply cannot afford.
Read the complete news article about this project on the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering web site.