FSH Student Group

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Overview

Futuro Sostenible para Honduras is a group of MIT students and affiliates working within Honduras to solve community problems using engineering and science skills. Current projects include developing an automated flood early warning system -- the Sistema de Alerta Temprana, or SAT -- and helping with water chlorination projects in the rural North Coast region of Honduras. The warning system has the potential of alerting 10,000 people in the Rio Aguan Basin of impending life-threatening floods. The water chlorination team is developing technology and educational materials to improve community chlorination systems in the municipality of Bonito Oriental.

Santa Rosa de Aguan, Honduras

All MIT students - engineers and non-engineers, those willing to travel to Honduras and those who will help from MIT - are invited to participate.

Our work is a partnership with Centro Tecnico San Alonso Rodriguez of Tocoa, Honduras. We are sponsored by the Edgerton Center and the Lutheran Episcopal Ministry at MIT, with funding from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, MIT DLAB, MIT IDEAS competition, MIT Public Service Center, and the Carroll Wilson Award.

News

- SAT is now expanding to Guatemala! The project will now work with an NGO to install the system on the Rio Naranjo.

MCA Water Tank

- The water chlorination project is spreading! The MCA community took the design and created a cement version of the chlorination tank. The Bonito Oriental people will take the training materials we developed and train the MCA plumbers about proper system use. This is fantastic result for the project!

- For SAT, things broke somewhere between the March and August trips. Our goal for August 2006 was to fix the installed system. We mostly succeeded. Turned out that someone stole our cable from the sensor to the radio and the power system was not charging the battery. We managed to fix the power and setup a transmission of fake data. We replaced the cable, but ran out of time to get the connection to the sensor working. However, the MCA group successfully installed a prototype handpump as the first part of their work on a wind-powered water pump!

- March 2006 trip was awesome! We installed a radio at Saba connecting our previously installed sensor to the COPECO office where we installed another radio connected to a laptop. This allows the office to monitor the river remotely! Additionally, we installed another sensor at Olanchito logging data and a mini network of soil moisture sensors as a test platform in Tocoa.

About Us

FSH Students in Honduras, March 2005

FSH began as FloodSafe Honduras in January 2005 by students working on DLab-initiated projects in Honduras and students from the Lutheran Episcopal Ministry in order to further those projects and provide opportunities for students to work in international development. We work together to help communities in Honduras with our engineering and science skills acquired at MIT and throughout our education.

Eligible participants:

   * Anyone affiliated with the MIT community
   * Contact project leaders and we will figure out which project tasks are the best match for you.

Note: Although some of our funding comes from a Lutheran organization, all affiliates of the MIT community are invited to participate - we want to be clear that the project has no faith requirement and no missionary component. Its primary goal is the development of appropriate technology for developing communities.

Supporters

FSH Vision, Mission, and Principles

Guadelupe Carney, Honduras

Projects

Contact Us

For more information please contact floodsafe_exec<at>mit<dot>edu

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