Cameroon Water and Health Project- Mbokop, Cameroon
Currently, the community’s drinking water supply comes from two main sources, springs and surface water streams. There is an existing spring box system and piping to standpipes in only one of the five settlements within Mbokop. However, the water does not flow year-round, there are concerns about water quality, and the water distribution points are only convenient for utilization by one of the five settlements within the community.
EWB-DC began their partnership with the community of Mbokop in May 2012, and spent the next several months forming a team and conducting two assessment trips to the community in March 2013 and November 2013. In January 2015, EWB-DC conducted the first implementation trip to Mbokop.
In addition to the installation of key infrastructure components for the water system, EWB-DC will spend time on each implementation trip with community leaders in Mbokop working towards the water, sanitation, and health goals prioritized by the Mbokop Health Committee. SIRDEP and EWB-DC will also continue training the Mbokop Water Committee to build their capacity to manage the water infrastructure in the settlement and ensure its long-term sustainability.
Aileen Craig joined the EWB-DC Professional Chapter in August 2015. She was previously involved in the EWB student chapter at Carnegie Mellon University. She has a BS in Civil Engineering and a MS in Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She traveled on an implementation trip to Mbokop in March of 2016. During this trip she was on the implementation team, and helped construct the next phase of the gravity fed water system. She currently works at RK&K as a Water Resource Engineer. In her free time Aileen enjoys running, reading, live music, and spending time with friends and family..
Eric Tilden has been involved with EWB for over 2 years, beginning in Sonoma, California. Since moving to DC in the end of 2015, he was been active within the local DC Professional Chapter. Outside of EWB, Eric is the Program Manager of Sustainability & Green Building Advocacy at the National Association of Home Builders, one of the largest trade associations in the United States. Eric is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer, and earned his MS in Civil Engineering.