Our work in Roatan is primarily education based, with a focus on
erosion control. We have had three trips to the island, and are planning
another for this summer that continues work on erosion control, but also
incorporates solar power. Teach a man to fish...
There are many ways to get involved, here are some little things that you could
- Learning and teaching other
students about the culture in Roatán
- Find and communicate potential
- Research logistics of travel,
especially with fragile solar panels.
- Specialize yourself in Health and
Safety, and make yourself a required member of the team!
thank you for visiting our site. We are always looking for assistance with the
- PV System Design
- Water Distribution System Design
- International business or
- Honduran culture
- Grant writing
is a community of over 1,400 people located on the island of Roatán. The island
of Roatán is approximately 30 miles from the coast of Honduras in the Atlantic
Ocean and is the largest of the bay islands. It stretches 37 miles, maintaining
a width of less than 5 miles. In October of 2008 four seniors in the
engineering department of NAU took on a design project in Roatán. The goal was
to define the technical aspects of a waste water system to support an
underdeveloped area. The team traveled to Roatán for a site assessment of the
area and collected the necessary data for the installation of the waste water
system. The design was not implemented, but the plans and data were retained
and are being analyzed by the Roatán team.
Water for Roatán (LW4R) - Henry Zittrower, president of LW4R, initiated contact
with Global Engineering Outreach in the fall of 2009, and the relationship has
grown since then. Visit the LW4R site to learn more...
Government Members - The members of Policarpo have organized a local
governmental body. Global Engineering Outreach is currently working with this
group and other community members to ensure that all projects arise from the
1,400 people live in the community of Policarpo. Many of these people have
fresh water but lack the means to store it. A majority of the population has
electricity, but is not using it to treat waste. Many have cars but the area’s
dirt roads are seriously eroded, preventing travel. Waste management is
nonexistent, so trash and sewage builds up in small arroyos and eventually runs
into the reef, threatening the stability of the oceanic ecosystem. The lack of
waste management and poor water quality has contributed to high incidences of
disease and an increased mortality rate in the community.
Engineering Outreach Implementation
of Global Engineering Outreach have focused initial efforts on assessment of
the possible projects in Policarpo. Initial work has consisted of tackling
issues of erosion control through implementation and education. A trip during
the summer of 2011 led to the completion of two check dams being constructed in
the community. Because community members were an integral part of the
construction of these two, they are able to lead in the construction of
additional dams that will hopefully prevent regular destruction of the road.
Preston is the current Honduras Project Lead. Joe is a Junior Mechanical
Engineering student interested in international development. Contact Joe to get
involved with the Honduras project.