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Title:Community Engagement and Applied Research: Creating Sustainable Solutions for Improved Water Quality and Agricultural Development in Kapeeka, Uganda
Author(s):Ramadurai, Krish W.; Rosenwinkel, Mary; Schreiber, Kelsey; Wiseheart, Katie
Contributor(s):Werpetinski, Valeri A
International Development
Water Filtration
Sustainable Development
Geographic Coverage:Uganda
Abstract:The COVE Alliance Project is an international service-learning course sponsored by the Learning in Community (LINC) program in conjunction with COVE Alliance USA, a nongovernmental organization that seeks to promote childrens outreach and vocational education to orphaned youth in Kapeeka, Uganda. Over the course of multiple semesters, the LINC program has collaborated with COVE Alliance to research and develop innovative and sustainable solutions to several core needs. Research has been conducted in creating sustainable solutions for providing clean and accessible water to the COVE campus to counteract acute water-borne illness. Research was conducted into the implementation of biosand biological filtration systems to improve water quality on the campus and collaborative efforts were made with local community and organization members to educate and build the biosand units on the campus. Current research efforts are focused upon developing and implementing water quality testing and qualitative and quantitative data analysis in regards to the effectiveness of these biosand units on the campus in reducing water-borne pathogen infections in the children on campus. In addition, the organization owns an underutilized parcel of land and research was conducted into terrain assessment, soil quality testing, and possible uses for the land including implementation of sustainable agriculture initiatives that could provide the community with access to a stable food source and potential income-generating opportunities. Through the LINC COVE Alliance Project, students from a plethora of distinct academic backgrounds were able to cohesively work together to create innovative and sustainable solutions to real world problems on an international scale.
Issue Date:2015-05
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Krish W. Ramadurai
Copyright 2015 Mary Rosenwinkel
Copyright 2015 Kelsey Schreiber
Copyright 2015 Katie Wiseheart
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-05-14

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