Engineers Without Borders Finishes Project in Honduras
Five-Classroom School Building Constructed by WWU Students and Faculty
By: Hilary Nieland
The Walla Walla University chapter of Engineers Without Borders has recently finished a large project in Honduras. In 2009 a school in Villanueva was irreparable damaged in an earthquake. It was likely that the roof would collapse in the next significant earthquake. Because the community had no alternative location, children continued to attend school in the building. The government in Villanueva reached out to WWU-EWB and asked for assistance in the construction of a new school building.
During an eighteen-month period, WWU-EWB has made several site visits to survey, take soil samples, make agreements with local communities, and to ultimately construct a five-classroom concrete structure to replace the deteriorating building. The new structure will accommodate approximately 250 students per year. With the other classrooms in progress by non-governmental organizations, about 800 students will be able to attend school each year. In conjunction with the other constructions, this building will have an enormous impact on the community of Villanueva. The total cost of the project was $53,000 which was acquired through fundraising and donations.
As the project in Honduras is coming to a close, WWU-EWB is considering many potential future projects including projects in Honduras and in the Walla Walla Valley.