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  • Writer's pictureAlyssa Varas

Holiday Updates ⭐

It's the most wonderful time of the year! ✨ During the holiday season, we here at Engineers Without Borders Peru Team would like to thank you for your support this last semester. We wish you and your family a blessed holiday season and a happy New Year! ⭐❤

Our sponsorship packet fundraising campaign is going great! Thank you to everyone who has shown interest in sponsoring our mission. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring us, you can view our packet on our website or reach out to our fundraising lead, Robert Feder, and we will send it to you.

    If you would like to help us through a small donation, here is a link to our fundraising page, where you can donate to our general team or to a specific team member. Thank you to everyone who has helped us raise over $2,400 so far! 

    Last weekend, we all attended our Holiday Social where we shared a meal and gifts and enjoyed each other's company. We were given the chance to bond through our mentorship program. Dr. Wise also brought along his dog, Baby. It was a jolly ol' time. Thank you to our social chair, Valerie Reyes, and her mentee, Adrian Cruz, for putting this together! 🎁✨

Valerie Reyes and her mentee, Adrian Cruz


The Nitty Gritty

For those involved or familiar with our work in Peru, here are the nitty-gritty details on what progress we’ve made this month:

    The communications team now has an official contact with Cenprodic, a nongovernmental organization that worked on a previously built irrigation reservoir in Maras, Peru. We are reaching out to other organizations that have worked in the area and researching geological data so we can better understand the environmental situation for our irrigation reservoir design.

The design team will finish editing the Alternative Analysis Report over winter break while the borehole testing is being completed. Borehole testing entails testing soil to analyze its composition. We're are doing this to learn if there is enough clay in the dirt to create a compact clay liner. We would like to create a compact clay liner instead of a membrane to line the bottom of the reservoir. This is all done to ensure the water in the irrigation reservoir is not absorbed by the soil.

    The design team also started to work on a water budget with the help of Dr. Wise. A water budget will help us analyze the system of water as it goes through the reservoir and is released into the community for either consumption or irrigation use.

The fundraising team is busy planning our grant application schedule for next semester and scheduling more restaurant fundraisers. The team sculpted clay llamas at our last general body meeting, and we plan to sell these knick-knacks at a local farmers market. We're always looking for creative ways to fund our project and have fun! 

Again, our team is so thankful for your support. From all of us here at UF Engineers Without Borders Peru Team, we would like to wish you and your family a happy holiday season and a blessed New Year. Go gators! 

Follow us on Instagram (@uf.ewb.peru) and Facebook (@ufewbperu) and read our monthly blogs to stay updated with our team!


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