Lessons from Bolivia - EWB-UMR Chapter

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
Education Engineering Inca Katurapi Indigenous Culture Latrines Organizations Sustainable Sanitation Water Purification Water Source Selection


This past summer the University of Missouri-Rolla’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled to two destinations in Bolivia to apply their engineering skills to local problems. The first destination was a small boarding school in the Amazon. There the problem consisted of finding a clean source of water. The second location was in Inca Katurapi, a small village in the Andes where there had never been latrines. UMR students and faculty developed composting latrines for the community in an attempt to help reduce the infant mortality rate. What follows is the story of that adventure.