Billikens for Clean Water Build Partnerships in Belize
Three SLU students, along with mentors from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, spent their Spring Break learning about clean water access in Belize and paving the way for future work with by SLU’s Billikens for Clean Water club and local communities in the country’s southern district.
Billikens for Clean Water members (B4CW) sophomores Sarah Koepsell, from the School of Nursing, Crystal Bell, of the Department of Civil Engineering), and Jeffrey Kelley, of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, represented the SLU club on a recent spring break assessment trip to Belize.
Traveling alongside mentors from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, including Craig Adams, Ph.D., Oliver L. Parks Endowed Chair and professor of civil engineering, and Rachel Rimmerman, the college’s events and outreach coordinator, the group spent time visiting several Mayan communities in the Toledo district. There, they met with community leaders, tested samples from their water sources and analyzed the overall need for clean drinking water in the region. In addition to studying and learning about water quality in southern Belize, the students were also able to learn about the Mayan cultures throughout the area.