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Monday, June 12, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: OSU Engineers Make a Lasting Impact
Erin Crandell

Written by Audrey Ward, Volunteer Program Manager

We were pleased to host the engineering students from Ohio State University this May! These bright college students aided Mayan Families by conducting research for our construction department,  building a rainwater collection system, and installing ONIL fuel-efficient stoves. We enjoyed hosting OSU and we’re very grateful for the week they spent with us.

The group began by interviewing families living in homes made of adobe and cement blocks. They were interesting in studying the technical living conditions of these houses and the cultural perception of the building materials. With our construction staff translating, the students interviewed families in the towns of San Jorge, El Barranco, San Antonio, and Panajachel. The students enjoyed getting to know the families in a more personal way. At the end of the week students gave staff members recommendations for how to improve construction design when building residential homes for clients. This information will help expand and develop our construction department.

Another group of students built a rainwater collection system at the Mayan Families Preschool Nutrition Center in El Barranco. Guatemala experiences a dry season every year, and the preschool was in need of a way to store water. Over the course of two days in El Barranco, the OSU students built the system, taught the preschool teachers how to clean the pipes, and showed staff members how to store the water. We are very grateful to OSU for bringing water to El Barranco!

Ohio State University worked very hard over the course of their week with Mayan Families. We appreciate their dedication and hard work, and look forward to working with OSU in the future.


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