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Projects Course

UT for REED is collaborating with a course being offered to students in the Cockrell School of Engineering, Projects for Underserved Communities.

Project Blogs:
-Santa Cruz, Peru
-Patriensa, Ghana
Montanuela, Panama

A Letter from the Class:
Did you know that a community’s foundation could be built on water? What if you could help build a water system that would make the difference for students to go to school halfway around the world?  

On behalf of the Projects for Underserved Communities (PUC) class at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), we would like to invite you to support an invaluable hands-on learning experience! We are 26 engineering students in the first undergraduate course of this kind at UT dedicated to designing and implementing engineering projects for communities in need. The goal of the course is to use the passion that we have for service and engineering to encourage leadership, teamwork, and sustainable development.  

Our prospective projects in Ghana, Panama, and Peru were born from collaborations between UT faculty and community leaders where we hope to do our work. After identifying a list of crucial needs, we have spent the semester assessing different projects for feasibility, risk, impact, and sustainability. With the help of the communities, our professors, and professional volunteers, we have selected the following projects: 

  • A water tank and piping system for 685 students at a school in the Village of Patriensa outside of Accra, Ghana.
  • A water system to provide potable water for 90 people in the village of Montanuela in the Veraguas province of Panama.
  • A water distribution system for the 500 students at Institucion Educativa Carlos Noriega Jimenez in Santa Cruz, Peru.

As we plan our preliminary reconnaissance trips for the early spring and our summer implementation trips, we would also like to invite you to join our efforts! Currently, our biggest challenge to accomplishing these projects is the cost of materials and travel. Your valuable contributions would go a very long way toward ensuring that we are able to complete our work and engage the communities in these development efforts! The attached flyer details the different ways to contribute funding, mileage, time, and technical expertise.