Rubaya Implementation Trip|Week III Field Notes

Being an EWB Volunteer in any country is a unique experience that cannot be mimicked with any amount of careful planning. One such experience for our team was to celebrate International Women’s Day with the Rubayan community. The community members gathered in Rubaya’s main field where the Rubayan women celebrated with traditional dance and music. The event was also attended by the mayor who delivered a speech addressing the community members and specially the women of Rubaya.


International Women's Day Celebration in Rubaya
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Rubaya Implementation Trip|Week II Field Notes

During the second week of construction, the team poured all column and strip footings, built formwork for column lifts and set up scaffolding. From the technical end, everything is going as scheduled and the team has been doing a terrific job of problem solving across a Whatsapp group. A lot of it has been possible because of Mira and Patrick’s ability to address problems on the site like material delivery issues and misinterpretation of CMU block design. In addition, the efforts of team members here in NY to provide structural consulting and design specs to the travelling members as they run into cement mix and other questions has been vital for construction to proceed.

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Finished footing (left) and start of scaffolding (right)

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Rubaya Implementation Trip|Getting to Know Our Interns

Our work in the community would be physically impossible were it not for our smart, resourceful, and hard-working interns, Parfait and Hervé. Get to know them a little better:


Parfait (left) and Hervé (right) on the construction site


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Rubaya Implementation Trip|In-Country Support

Our in-country support system has been incredible. While the community members are helping by being the labor force on site, the students from ULK Polytechnic Institute are helping bridge the communication gap between the community and EWB team. Both our team members, Mira and Patrick have found them enthusiastic and eager to learn as well as extremely helpful with transfer of technical knowledge between EWB members and the community. Here is picture of them clicking selfies with the community kids:


To know more about the community members, our travel team interviewed one of the workers on site, Ernestine Niyamizero. Click or scroll below to know more about her.

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Implementation Trip | Week I Technical Field Notes

From New York’s cold temperatures of around 40s Rubaya 1 crossed over to summer with temperatures in the 80s. The two traveling members, Mira and Patrick have made great progress since their arrival in Rwanda. Also, they have truly lived up to the essence of Engineers Week, which coincidentally aligned with the project’s first week of implementation.

On their arrival they had a successful meeting with in-country contacts - Bonaventure, Gilbert and Emmanuel. With their help, the EWB members procured materials from quincaillerie, i.e. the hardware store and finally completed the last leg of their journey to Rubaya. 

There are some cool pictures on the flip side to show how the team has been getting closer to the storage facility each day, so click below and explore:

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Implementation Trip | Pre-departure Field Notes


Mira and Patrick, also known as Rubaya 1 took flight from JFK or the ‘Kennedy Flight Center’ as one of the team members, Mike B. puts it. After travelling for over 20 hours they arrived in Kigali safe and sound. But even before their departure, the Rubaya team already started breaking ground for implementation. To know more about all that has been accomplished before this momentous picture was taken, click below:

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EWB Rubaya | Implementation Trip

After two years of diligent planning, designing and putting together the Pre-Trip Implementation Plan, the Rubaya project team has gained EWB-USA approval and is all set to embark on the most rewarding trip for any EWB project, the implementation trip.


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Meet our members: Kasturi Shah!

Who are the volunteers behind the projects? 

Kasturi was born and raised in Mumbai, India, studied in the UK for a little while and then in the US to earn her undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton. There she discovered a passion for water.


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Meet our members: Mira Armstrong!

Who are the volunteers behind the projects? 

Meet Mira Armstrong, field engineer by day, and volunteer with EWB-NY. Mira currently lives in Manhattan with her cat.


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Update from the Rubaya Team

The Rubaya Maize project will cost around USD$100k.

We will first build a storage facility to allow the community to sell high quality maize, then after a few years we will build a processing plant to allow the community to manufacture maize flour.


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