LOCATION: Cape Town, South Africa | PROJECT LAUNCHED: 2014
EPICS IN IEEE FUNDING: $9,555 USD
PROJECT OVERVIEW & UPDATES
For the most vulnerable people on the planet, having hot water to wash themselves, as well as for laundry and other household uses, is an almost unimaginable luxury.
While searching for an EPICS in IEEE project that would make a significant local impact, leaders of the IEEE South Africa Section learned about Emasithandane Children’s Home. Located in Nyanga, which is a Cape Town township, the home takes in youngsters who have been abandoned or orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. It was in great need of many of the most basic necessities. But daily life throughout Nyanga is one of myriad struggles; it is one of the poorest and most dangerous parts of Cape Town, with considerable unemployment, crime and HIV/AIDS challenges.
The Section’s EPICS team, headed by David Oyedokun, recognized they had a dual opportunity in helping the children’s home: They could provide a desperately needed solar hot-water geyser (system), and they could demonstrate to local high school students the value of an engineering-related career through their hands-on participation in helping to design and construct much of the system.