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Provide an Entire Community with Clean Drinking Water

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Project ended on December 22, at 09:00 AM CST
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Provide an Entire Community with Clean Drinking Water

         Team Thailand: Quest for the Best

Who We Are-

We are a group of engineers at UT Austin working with a community in Thailand to design and construct a project to improve the community’s quality of life. From our academic pursuits, we all have varying international, leadership, and project experience. We came together to utilize our skills and passion to make a change through Projects with Underserved Communities. Our team is comprised of 9 well rounded Civil and Chemical Engineering students. We are on a Quest for the Best way to implement our technical knowledge and to gain real life experiences while making a positive impact on a community in need.

(Team Thailand Students)

What We're Doing-

Projects with Underserved Communities (PUC) is a program at the University of Texas at Austin that has sparked collaboration between the Cockrell School of Engineering, the International Office, and the School of Social Work. This unique program challenges students to think outside of the classroom and encourages innovation towards an international service-learning project.  

Over the course of the year we will be designing a water filtration system for the community of Don Kang in Thailand. Our goal is to provide clean drinking water to approximately 400 individuals and create a distribution station to accommodate their needs. Over the school year, we will design the entire project. In the summer, we will travel to the community to construct the filtration system and the distribution station. We face challenges related to water quality, accessibility to sustainable sources of water and electricity, and interactions with a foreign community. We are excited to bring our efforts to the community and make a tangible impact on the lives of others. Something as essential as providing clean drinking water requires professional expertise and oversight, but this endeavor will provide a basic need in the community.

(Don Kang Community)

Our Mission-

Our goal is to collaboratively design and plan an economical project within the scope of our capabilities over two semesters, and successfully construct the project in the community at the beginning of the summer of 2017. For the project to be successful, we will build a lasting relationship with the community. We may go to one of the most prestigious engineering schools in the world, but we are so excited and humbled to connect with and learn from individuals half a world away. Together, we can work hand in hand to build the best project for the community’s needs.

Be a Part of the Project-

How can you contribute to the project? In order to provide this project at no cost to the community, we need help to fund the cost of materials. Our estimated cost of the project is $24,000. All donations will go directly to the cost of the filtration system design and distribution station for materials such as: concrete, piping, water filters, and water tanks. These donations are tax deductible and will impact the lives of the entire community of Don Kang! None of the donations will go towards our personal costs, as we will pay for our own travel and lodging expenses. Even the smallest donation will help us achieve our goal. We are happy to announce that we have secured a fundraising match, so every dollar that YOU contribute will actually count as two dollars toward our cause. Please share this page with your family and friends to help us towards our goal!

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our project! We can’t wait to head to Don Kang to construct the project and gain real life experience and knowledge that we will use throughout our professional careers. You can contribute to our cause by making a donation amount of your choosing or by selecting a Giving Level.

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