Suter Science Seminars

Monday, September 14, 2009, 4 p.m.

Science Center #104


Sand Dams: Bringing Water and Life To Communities In Arid Regions

“Sand dams” connotes an appropriate technology system for developing sustainable water sources in arid communities where ground water levels are steadily improved, even as communities extract clean water for household and agricultural needs. We explore how this win-win technology plays out in the environment and discuss how this sets the stage for lasting community development.

About the Presenter

Jim Bowman, M.A.
Former MCC Country Representative,
Nairobi, Kenya (Africa), Harrisonburg, Va.

My wife Cathy and I were representatives for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Kenya from 2004 to 2008. It is in this context that our involvement with sand dam technology developed. Other terms of service for us with MCC were in Asia—seven years in agricultural development work in Indonesia in the l970’s, and three years with MCC in Vietnam in the late l960’s.

Between terms of service with MCC, during the l980’s and l990’s, we were engaged in farming. We developed a small fruits and vegetables farm to the
south of Harrisonburg, where growing and selling strawberries was our primary activity.

Prior to our Kenya term of service, I returned to school and earned a Masters Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University.

See past 2007-08 Suter Science Seminars or contact Cheryl Doss at (540) 432-4400 for more information.