The clinic project is our largest project to date. Our goal is to build a new clinic and improve healthcare for the people of Ullo and surrounding communities. The Ghanaian government and Ullo community have expressed tremendous support for this project, and we are excited to continue working with them. Upon completion, the clinic will be capable of serving a community of 10,000-20,000 people. Construction of the clinic is expected to begin within the current year.
The clinic project is split into six teams. Three are handled by ISU, and three are handled by KNUST.
The EWB-ISU Clinic Electrical team has been busy researching photovoltaic power systems as a source of backup power for the clinic.
Clinic Sanitation is finalizing its design proposal for the unfinished restroom facility. After that, they will switch to researching three-tank septic systems for the clinic.
The Clinic Drainage team is finishing the design of the water drainage system for the clinic. After that, they will begin researching methods of remotely measuring the water levels in the clinic water towers.
KNUST Clinic Electrical students are researching Power Packs which can immediately provide backup power to the clinic in the case of a power interruption. They will also be researching diesel generators this semester.
Clinic Sanitation team is researching biodigester systems as an alternative to traditional 3-tank septic systems for the clinic.
KNUST Clinic Water Distribution Team will be designing the two water towers that will provide water for the clinic.
We are designing and installing a rainwater catchment and drip irrigation
system for the school garden in Ullo senior high school. The rainwater
catchment system will collect water during the rainy season to later be
used for agricultural purposes. This project will both provide a means of
crop production during the dry season and act as an educational tool for
the Ullo Senior High School agriculture department. The KNUST team has implemented the first phase of this project: installing gutters on the school and laying pipes to 4 tanks that will be used to help irrigate year-round.
The Ullo Shea Nut project is another one of our newer projects. The
collection and selling of shea nuts are a large source of income for the
women of Ullo. Currently, due to inefficient drying and storing methods,
the shea nuts are not reaching their selling potential. We are working with
the women of Ullo to develop methods to help extend the production
period for shea nuts to help these women improve their business.
This semester we are focusing on Shea Butter fundraising. We had the opportunity to once again make Shea Butter with a women’s group in Ullo. We plan to sell the butter we bought and use it for fundraising for our chapter’s projects throughout the semester.