June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
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From Glassboro to The Gambia– A Collaborative Work with the University of the Gambia and a Winter Trip to the Gambia Villages The Gambia is a small country located at the tip of West Africa. The EngineeringWithout Boarder (EWB) Rowan University section has been working with the localpeople of the Gambia on various projects. In the fall of 2011, Rowan EWB teamed upwith the professor and students from the University of the Gambia on three projects:1) Promote a more environmental friendly life style by substituting firewood with biomass briquettes. The briquette can be fabricated from peanut shell and corn cob using a simple device and easy process developed by Rowan Engineering;2) Survey local water supplies for a group of 8 villages in a remote area of the Gambia. We helped them to prioritize the need facing limited supply of external donations and develop a mechanism to manage and maintain the wells;3) Inspect an important road connecting the villages to the outer world and provide maintenance tips and improvement recommendations. Figure 1: Left: A peanut shell briquette burning together with dry grass. Middle: Local children surrounding an open well. Right: The dirt road connecting the villages to the rice field, lumo (market), river, and outside world. The Rowan team and the University of the Gambia team worked together to make the project a success. The teams had to overcome the difficulties in many areas such as language (two completely different languages are spoken in the villages), culture (two ethnic tribes and two religions), economic (almost no cash income except selling of rice, corn and pumpkins plus external donations), and tradition (many local villagers have been relying on firewood for everyday cooking and switch to loose corn cobs when the supply of firewood dwindles).
Zhang, H., & Everett, J. W., & Kadlowec, J., & COffey, S., & McFarland, A. R. (2013, June), From Glassboro to The Gambia– A Collaborative Work with the University of the Gambia and a Winter Trip to the Gambia Villages Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19636
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