The USU chapter of Engineers Without Borders began working in 2008 with the Andean community of Tuni Grande, Peru. Students and faculty from USU traveled to Tuni Grande in 2012 to implement a greatly needed water distribution system. The Peru Team returned to Peru in Summer 2015 to educate local alpaca farmers on the construction and use of a portable alpaca shelter that dramatically decreased alpaca deaths due to inclement weather that they face in the Andes Mountains. Team Peru traveled again in Summer 2016, with the three main goals of this trip being:
- Alpaca shelter improvement
- Water quality assessment
- Efficient redistribution of whey
The team will improve and assess the condition of the alpaca shelters built last summer. New projects will also be implemented in water quality by arsenic removal and in excess whey management.
The Peru Team returned once more in Summer 2017, with their focus being continued shelter improvement and water quality assessment.
Fall 2017 Meeting Times
Team Peru meets every Thursday at 7:00 pm in ENGR 304.
Team Peru in Tuni Grande 2013 assessment trip
About Tuni Grande
Tuni Grande is a small agricultural community in southern Peru. It is home to just under 400 residents. Most of the community live in one of six 1.8 acre blocks. The local economy is highly focused on agriculture with an abundance of livestock. They collect and sell milk from cattle and also raise crops during the wet season. The community is also home to several families who earn income from local mines.
The EWB-USU Peru Team, in collaboration with The Chijnaya Foundation, is is working to improve the quality of life in Tuni Grande. In 2012 and 2013, the team implemented a water distribution system to improve and augment their potable water supply. In 2015, we traveled to the nearby community of La Union to teach the residents how to construct a portable alpaca shelter of our design. This shelter prevented a large portion of the newborn alpaca from dying due to the frequent harsh weather conditions.