ENGINEERING THROUGH EDUCATION 2020
WARC intends to continue two projects that have generated sustainable solutions for local communities: filtration and ecological education. Reverse osmosis filters remove salt from salinized groundwater at schools , lowering the incidence of anemia, which is prevalent among rural children. This year’s educational program utilizes task-oriented exercises to hone in on engineering in order to emphasize a concrete methodology for environmental innovation.
In the program, rural high-schoolers will brainstorm their own small-scale engineering projects, encouraging them to advocate for their country’s ecological well-being, one of which will be scaled-up in our next project. Ultimately, we hope to incentivize and equip young people to continue our work past the conclusion of this project. The method seeks to solve a concrete problem, via the process: 1. brainstorming; 2. designing and testing a prototype solution; 3. recording data and making adjustments. The program will comprise four activities: installation and maintenance of filters, planting trees to establish school gardens, and the development of small-scale, student-led projects addressing local environmental needs through an engineering methodology.
Community Partners: Eco-Movement of Uzbekistan, Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers, Nur Va Xayot Center,
UN Joint Programme for the Aral Sea
Install RO filters at 4 schools to reduce the incidence of anemia
Lead 4 education programs, to inspire innovative collaboration amongst youth to solve ecological problems via an engineering methodology
ARALIM ARTS INITIATIVE
The Aral Sea Crisis is rooted in the region’s history. Since Antiquity, Silk Road cities in Khorezm and Karakalpakstan were heavily dependent on their water sources. Because of this, ancient civilizations treated the Aral with care; Zoroastrians, who built the famous Chilpyk Kala, even revered water as a sacred element. Today, there are many archaeological heritage sites that attest to this relationship between man and water.
In the spirit of artistic revival and activism, we are bringing together a team of young international artists to produce a collaborative series devoted to such sites. As part of the final stage of this project, we will lead an artistic expedition across the Aral Region with a group of composers, cinematographers, artists, and writers to highlight unknown sites of heritage and stimulate tourism.
Community Partners: Eco-Movement of Uzbekistan, Aralim Arts Group
Build a team of young ecological artists from the US and Central Asia
Develop a series of multimedia artworks devoted to the relationship between human society and the biosphere
Promote tourism to heritage sites near the Aral
For the first stage of this project, WARC selected three young composers from Singapore, Tashkent and Karakalpakstan to collaborate with filmmaker Elzhon Abassov to score a new art film on the Aral. The piece premiered in April 2019.
Aralim also independently curated an interactive exhibit at the Tashkent Biennale and at schools and orphanages across the country over 2018. The exhibit uses a form of traditional water painting called "Abru Bahor" to help children materialize the Aral's revival. The drawings by Karakalpak children were exhibited in Tashkent on an interactive floor model of the Aral Sea.
UPDATE: Stage 1 Results
In August 2017, to inaugurate our work in Muynak, we donated vitamin packages to the local children's clinic. Lacking the economic resources to care for their medical and nutritional well-being, the inhabitants of Muynak have faced malnutrition, respiratory diseases, and cancer. Women and children are facing the worst of these illnesses, including a widespread epidemic of anemia, a disease often caused by the lack of vitamins.
On each trip to Muynak, we bring 50 packages of children's vitamins to help relieve this urgent health crisis. The vitamins help prevent children from developing chronic nutrient deficiency diseases during early development. This project is a low-cost initiative which has a direct impact on the local community.
Community Partners: Muynak Children's Clinic
Provide 250 vitamin packages