Breath of Life Haiti

Janelle Smith, with the support of Terry and Lil Shepherd, used robotics to bring fresh water and food to the people of Haiti.


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Janelle Smith's home school co-op robotics team, "The Wookiees", were tasked with creating an engineering design to produce fresh water from unclean water for the people of Haiti. In order to do this, they created a raised bed garden attached to an evaporator to purify the garden filtered water. This design is anticipated to be implemented with Breath of Life, Haiti, which is a nongovernmental organization in Desarmes, Haiti, that provides relief to those in need.

A total of three families were involved in this project, and their experiences were as follows:

The Kemper Family: Team Kemper was successful in growing their vegetables and collecting excess water, but their project had another aspect to it. They focused on using recycled materials to build their water-purificationm mechanism, and were able to do so successfully. 

The Yoder Family: Team Yoder focused on using different materials to create raised gardens.. They focused on building traditional raised gardens, barrel gardens, and baby pool gardens.

The Schlabach Family: Team Schlabach Used the basic Wookiees design to filter water, which includes a slightly inclined garden that will filter the water, then direct it to a drain for collection. Water collected through the gardens will then be placed into an evaporator for a final purification.

Janelle and her team have plans to go to Desarmes, Haiti, to implement two of their garden systems in September of 2019. These gardens will be implemented in a school supported by Breath of Life, and will provide fresh water and food for it's students.

 

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