Newsletter: September, 2007


      EngineerAid Newsletter: September, 2007
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Dear Engineers, Supporters and Friends,

Features this month below, more news and updates at

Christmas E-card Campaign
This year we are launching a Christmas e-card campaign where companies can replace their traditional paper cards, reducing their environmental impact and supporting EngineerAid.
To register interest and participate, email for more details.

Home2Rome Rally
EngineerAid supporters - James Peckitt, Rupert Williams and Mark-Paul Buckingham will be participating in the Home2Rome rally, and are donating any money they raise to EngineerAid. To sponsor the team, please donate at More information at

Nepali teacher wins 'Asian Nobel Prize'
A Nepali teacher has been honoured with a prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award, for the Nepal Wireless Networking Project — to meet the communication needs of his village, seven hours climb to the nearest road and without a telephone connection. See full story

Project Profile: Uvira, Congo
A local youth group wishes to introduce Uvira to computers and the internet and to prepare the community for the future. They plan to open an internet centre that can be used by the youth. EngineerAid have been working with Mutuelle Jeunesse Active to design a power solution for the Uvira Multimedia Centre. Read project profile here

Myanmar government to implement cyber village project
Myanmar government is planning to implement a cyber village project to enable every village in the country to have access to Internet link like what is provided in urban cities and introduce 400 public internet service centers. See

African database will 'tap global knowledge'
African researchers are developing a database of where to find scientific information on the Internet. Preparatory work has begun on the online information source, known as Access to Scientific Knowledge in Africa (ASKIA). The project aims to support and promote access to scientific knowledge for scientists, university students, lecturers and policymakers.

Current Project: Water Project, Tanzania
Irkiramat Foundation (RAMAT) was established to eliminate community and family poverty through developing and promoting rural enterprises, early childhood and adults education and simple technology for the rural communities of Ololosokwan and Soit-Sambu villages in Ngorongoro district in Tanzania. They require assistance to designing appropriate technologies for water access and sanitation and to develop cost analysis for those selected technologies on water and sanitation. If you have experience in these areas, please get in touch. Emails to

News from the Team: Volunteer of the Month, Magnus Lawrie, IT Manager
Magnus is in charge of the IT Team, and has dealt with the day-to-day IT issues, and in the last month, has helped redesign and manage the development of the enquiry handling system. Read more here

World Ozone Day: Energy efficiency easiest path to aid climate
16th September, 2007 was the World Ozone Day, and was the International Day for the preservation of the Ozone Layer. The Montreal Protocol was signed by a number of countries concerned about the depletion of the Earth’s protective ozone layer was signed in 1987, which led to a drastic reduction in the release of ozone-depleting substances globally. A recent U.N. report about climate investments (Aug 28, 2007) said energy efficiency for power plants, cars or homes is the easiest way to slow global warming. The study foresees a shift to renewable energies such as solar and hydropower, and some nuclear power though environmentalists claim that the report lacks ambition and that emissions need to be below current levels by 2030

Lighting up Africa
World Bank launched the 'Lighting Africa' initiative, to provide modern lighting to the 250-million people in Sub-Saharan Africa who have no access to electricity. See Claire Soares from the Independent reports why this initiative is desperately needed and residents are still making do with wax and wicks.

Simple and cheap: Nepal's application of science
Almost unnoticed, Nepal is developing simple and cheap technologies that make the best of local resources and don't damage the environment.

New web resource covers drinking water essentials
The US National Academy of Sciences has launched a new web resource, providing information for decision-makers on global drinking water problems and the technology available to solve them.

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21st Sep 2007