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Hydroharvest (190)

  1. 1. HydroHarvest <ul><li>Team </li></ul><ul><li>1. Peter Bojo </li></ul><ul><li>BS Biological Engineering (MIT 2010), Meng. Biological Engineering (expected MIT 2011). Traveled to Rwanda this past summer to improve a water purification system at a university dorm run by the Benebikira sisters. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Jean Pierre Nshimyimana (Rwandan) </li></ul><ul><li>MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at MIT 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Designed and installed rainwater harvesting systems in Rwanda that have been operational since 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Marvin Arnold </li></ul><ul><li>BS Electrical Engineering MIT 2010. Currently, Manager of a Community Comprehensive Health Initiatives and Programs (CCHIPS), a health clinic project at Wyman Worldwide Health Partners in Rwanda. </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Advisor: Peter Shanahan, PhD, PE </li></ul><ul><li>Senior lecturer of CEE at MIT </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><li>HydroHarvest is a venture dedicated to bringing clean water to developing countries through cost-effective rainwater harvesting systems </li></ul><ul><li>We are seeking funds to install rainwater system at the Maranyundo school in Nyamata, Rwanda as a pilot for our venture </li></ul><ul><li>Will impact the school community of 200 girls and administrators. The Investment in the rainwater system breaks even in under 3 years through cost savings from eliminated water and firewood purchases </li></ul><ul><li>Community gains health benefit and professional training for girls. HydroHarvest model will be scaled up </li></ul><ul><li>Total Budget: $ 13,418.0 (seeking $7,818): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Materials: $3,818.0; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation: $4,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribution of Maranyundo: $5,600; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Combination of the technical knowledge necessary to assemble a rainwater and purification system, the trust of a community partner, careful attention to communication with and training of locals, and system combining of cost saving and reinvestment. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unlike other rainwater initiatives, have translated training materials and clear cost saving metrics to judge success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with the Benebikira sisters allows a successful pilot project to be quickly replicated, impacting a very large community </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Feasibility and Impact <ul><li>Team trusted by the community partner and experienced in water projects in Rwanda </li></ul><ul><li>Budget outlines exact parts, which are fairly cheap and can be obtained locally </li></ul><ul><li>School administrators are able to measure water usage by the number of filled jerricans per day and save costs (water & energy bill) </li></ul><ul><li>Reinvestment of cost saved in community initiatives e.g. professional training to local girls in sowing, craft-making, and business development ( e.g . growing tomatoes and fruits for local factories) </li></ul><ul><li>Scalability of the system to other Schools and health clinics managed by the Benebikira sisters community and other schools in Rwanda </li></ul><ul><li>Strong support and position for scalability from working with the Benebikira Sisters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>run >20 schools and orphanages with >5000 children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Run 9 health centers with >100,000 people in their coverage area </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Co-founder of the Maranyundo School and President of the Paraclete Foundation, Sister Ann Fox </li></ul><ul><li>Our team has personally worked with both partners and has letters of support from senior organization members </li></ul>Community Partner