Dr. Larry Hull and the Chehalis Rotary work to bring water to the villagers of Kuri, Papua, New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea Madan Water and Sanitation Project

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
10 a.m.
Cebula Hall, 3rd Floor

Join the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering in a presentation by Dr. Larry Hull and the Centralia Rotary Club on the value of engineering and service for a community thousands of miles away. Come and imagine the possible impact that we all can make as volunteers and professionals.


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From the classroom to the real world

By Alexander Anderson

The university experience of any graduating engineer would be incomplete without at least one big, bright, memorable project that would involve all acquired skills and serve a higher goal. For the Anderson family team, the service project led by WASRAG Int’l and the Centralia Rotary came to be that meaningful project, which would exemplify the impact of leadership and professional commitment on a community thousands of miles away. Alex, Olga, and Alexander Anderson, class of 2014, said that designing the rainwater harvesting and distribution system for Jikawa province was a life-changing experience for all three of them.

"It was the mentorship of Mr. Robert Wubbena, P.E. and Dr. Larry Hull* (who will bring the design to life this summer) that made all the difference," says Alexander Anderson, the team leader. "Because our mentors had firsthand knowledge of the challenges, equipment, and geography, as well as the personal commitment to the needs of a real community in Papua New Guinea, we were able to focus on optimizing the design to make it cost-effective and enduring."

For Alex and Olga, it is especially important that the project will establish communal ties between the tribes that will benefit from clean water. The design will promote an emerging micro-economy that will empower women, giving them entrepreneurial experience and access to education. "Women are very capable business operators," comments Olga who herself owns a small R&D company – Odin Energy Works LLC. "This project has a great future, and we plan to continue volunteering in design projects that will make the world a better place."


*Dr. Hull is currently working with the Rotary International on a five year plan to put water/sanitation systems in 32 schools and 3 communities. This major water/sanitation program will ultimately serve 40,000 people and is especially significant because Papua New Guinea has the highest infant, child and maternal mortality rate in all the Pacific countries. His wife, Aarlie Hull, has initiated women’s literacy classes and hopes to expand to personal empowerment, financial literacy, parenting skills, healthy living and domestic violence counseling.