The Oven Project concerns reengineering sugar cane ovens in Honduras as the current design is inefficient and unsafe to the population and environment due to inappropriate fuel source usage, namely with the burning of tires. We are in the process of designing and constructing a test oven at our project site, located at the UVM biological research center, to test efficiency and emissions. We currently have a preliminary design in Autocad, as well as efficiency testing methods for the oven. Earlier this fall we built a cement platform at the project site and have firebricks ready to construct the outer shell of the oven. We hope to conduct the testing in the spring, and possibly implement the design in Honduras for farmers to replicate.
The Water Project involves the design and construction of a slow sand filter for the town of Jardines, Honduras, to provide safe drinking water to the community. The project consists of a thorough investigation of the towns water system, from the quality of the water system's sources, to the design and construction of other infrastructure that lead into the slow sand filter, including the intake and allocation piping, roughing filters and sediment basins. The project also involves working with the town's water board to understand the communities water needs and uses, as well as educating the board on the technical requirements of the infrastructure to ensure the sustainablity of their water system. We are also committed to raising approximetly $20,000 for the construction of the slow sand filter and other assosicated expenses.
If you would like more information or want to get involved with either project, please attend one of our general meetings, held every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
More information is available here.
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