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Hope College professor to speak at Dordt of experience delivering safe water to Cameroon village

January 21, 2013

Dr. Jeff Brown, First Mondays Speaker Series lecturer on February 4, is no stranger to using his God-given talents to help others.

This professor of engineering at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, knew that the villagers in the rural farming town of Nkuv, Cameroon, had been afflicted with malaria, filaria, dysentery, and multiple waterborne diseases from using local streams for water.

In an effort to address this issue, the Hope College chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) established a research-service project to help the Nkuv villagers gain access to safe water. Through a seven-year partnership with Brown and Hope College nursing and engineering students, the Nkuv people now have sustainable access to safe drinking water and learned about water quality. For his work, Brown received the EWB-USA Peter J. Bosscher Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership.

While visiting Dordt’s campus, Brown will talk about his experience in Cameroon and more.

At 11 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium, Brown will present “Historical Blowouts: What the Colorado River and the Deepwater Horizon spill teach us about global water resources.” Brown will address the difference between water resources in the United States and the developing world. With 276 million rural and 55 million urban inhabitants across Sub-Saharan Africa relying on unimproved water sources, the need to find sustainable, safe water sources remains great.

Brown’s second presentation, “Outside Going In: Our role in meeting their needs,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center room SB101. “Aid to the developing world takes many forms and seeks to address a broad array of challenges,” said Brown. “Water, health care, nutrition, transportation…the list is long.” Using the example of the partnership between Hope College and the farming community of Cameroon, Brown will describe several models for engaging communities in the developing world.

Brown is speaking as part of the First Mondays Speaker Series. Bringing biblically based thinkers, writers, and opinion leaders to Dordt College, the First Mondays Speaker Series is designed to promote Dordt’s mission by providing enriching academic experiences that seek to equip students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal.

These events are free and open to the public. Dordt College is located at 498 Fourth Ave. NE in Sioux Center, Iowa.

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