THE PLACE

Comoros?

Comoros is a small archipelago located in the Indian Ocean between Tanzania, Mozambique, and Madagascar. The islands have a population of approximately 850 000, and have a unique culture arising from Swahili, Arabic, and Colonial French influences. The majority of the population is Islamic. As an incredibly poor country, Comoros’ Human Development Index is ranked 156th in the world.

Environment

Life

Health

With a lack of access to clean drinking water and dependence on traditional medicines, the absence of reliable medical services means diseases such as malaria, cholera, and tuberculosis remain prevalent among the population.

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THE NGO

Maeecha

MAEECHA is a Comorian NGO working to improve opportunities in the Comoros Islands so young people don’t have to make the dangerous boat trip to Mayotte. In addition to providing educational support, the organisation strives to provide clean water, sanitation facilities, and guidance for young people separated from their families. Nasser Assoumani is the Director of MAEECHA.

THE PROJECT

Building Change

Due to Comoros’ poverty, large numbers of young people attempt to illegally emigrate to Mayotte (a nearby French colony) each year in search of better opportunities. The Comoros Project aims to reduce emigration by designing and constructing student dormitories to enable more of these young people to attend school on one of the islands.
A team of students initiated a collaboration with MAEECHA - a Comorian Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) - in support of this goal.

Technical Design

Produce the structural design for the school dormitory

Approach

Members complete calculations to determine the specific requirements of that element given its position in the structure and the load.

These design calculations are then used to produce a blueprint of the structure – a 2-D technical drawing enabling a local contractor to construct the building as specified.

Fundraising

Generate the necessary funds and resources required for the project

Approach

The team collaborate in an initial research effort to determine potential sources of funds (e.g. grants, sponsorships, the Student Union).

Having submitted applications, team members then contact the various providers to determine whether a proposal has been accepted.

Sustainable Water

Develop a water collection & treatment system for the dormitory

Approach

Designing the system has been divided into three components, each of which is being tacked by different team members.

The components are:

  • A water collection system,

  • A treatment system for collected/used water,

  • A storage system for collected/treated water.

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Donate

To avoid unnecessary transaction fees, donations are collected via a dedicated personal bank account, which is opened for this sole purpose. 

The funds received into the account will be transferred to the NGO (Maeecha) via Imperial College Union. Your name and donation amount will be recorded and publicised for transparency. 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact in advance. 

Recommended Donation Range: £3 – £15

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Donations can be made using an UK-issued debit card via Barclays Pingit

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