On Friday the 6th of November, 2020, Engineers Without Borders, KNUST Chapter (EWB – KNUST) embarked on a journey to Ullo, a village in the Jirapa District of the Upper West Region of Ghana. The purpose of the trip was to follow up on the life-impacting projects started by EWB-ISU. The team set off from the campus of KNUST, Kumasi around 9:30 a.m. and arrived around 7:20 p.m. at the Blessed Mary of The Passion Guest House, where they spent their night. Four teams worked on four different projects; the Clinic team, Water Project team, Kitchen Stove team and the Rainwater Collection/Irrigation team.
The Clinic team dug, drilled and took samples of the soil. DCPT and other tests were also carried out. The soil samples and test results were sent to the laboratory on the KNUST campus for further computation and analysis, after which careful conclusions would be drawn.
The Water Project team took water samples from the borehole, tank at the kitchen and the tanks at the various dormitories at the Ullo Senior High School. The pH, Electrical conductivity, Total Dissolved Solids and Temperatures were recorded. Other tests would be conducted at the laboratory on the KNUST campus. The team suggested that the most appropriate location for the Klornam In-line system should be before the main pipeline splits into the dormitories.
The Kitchen Stove team took the dimensions of the kitchen and household pots, the quantity of water used in each pot, the fuel used when cooking, the height of the traditional stoves, the materials available to mold bricks and fire starters.
The Rainwater Collection/Irrigation team measured the roof overhang of the dining hall building, the diameter of the tank lid hole and came up with possible placement sites of tanks for the project.
Heading back, the team used the same route, from Jirapa through to Wa then to Bole, and then Bamboi through Wenchi to Techiman and then on the Kumasi-Techiman road to Afrancho, Maacro, Suame, Anloga Junction, Tech Junction and then to KNUST campus. The team arrived on Sunday, 8th November at 6:00 p.m. After helping to unload the samples and equipment used during the trip, they said their goodbyes and parted ways.