We are in the final two weeks of our campaign! We first want to take a moment and thank everyone again for their generous donations and support for our project. At this time, we are 95% of the way to our goal with donations totaling to $4,791.
In general, EWB projects consist of 5 stages: Pre-assessment, Assessment, Alternatives Analysis, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation/Project Close-out. In this update, we wanted to provide more information on how your donation supports the project past the implementation phase we are in now.
EWB Pitt has a commitment to maintain our community partnership long beyond the actual construction of the latrines. We want to ensure our solution is the best it can be and is easily sustained by the community. The monitoring phase is used exactly for this purpose. It is another data collection phase focused on measured improvement of community health and observational studies of sustainability with our implementation of these sanitation solutions. For Carijana, these measurements include items such as how often members of the community are sick, as well as observations of latrine maintenance. This phase is also an ideal time to get more informal community feedback about the project. The metrics that we examine are compared to the baseline information that we gathered during the assessment phase on our trip in the Summer of 2019. These metrics and the community feedback are used to measure the success of our project. If successful, we close-out our project by turning it over to our parent organization, EWB-USA, who then continue to monitor the project over the next couple years to further ensure long-term success.
While the ultimate goal of EWB projects is community empowerment through sustainable improvements, our club members also gain valuable real-world engineering experience as a result. Every phase of our projects require robust project management skills and attention to detail, some of the most crucial skills to have as an engineer. Monitoring and evaluation are no exception, especially considering the amount of data we need to collect. Many of our members have voiced how valuable their EWB experience has been to their internships and co-ops!
Again, we want to thank our donors. Without you, our project could not progress into the next phases!