Two alumni of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) started an association called “Move-ING”. Felix Doher and his partner Katrina Hyde provide enough water for the people in the village of Sabalisa and set up a school. The two can imagine a future together in Africa.
Many believe that education in the larger African continent and other parts of the world, better medical care and higher-yielding agriculture will lay the foundation for equal opportunities and just coexistence in this world.
Water supply is an important requirement
This creates a perspective for young residents, for example staying in Africa. “Reliable water supply is one of the most important prerequisites for creating a livelihood for people in many parts of Africa and forcing them to flee to other parts,” says Felix Dor.
The 30-year-old Wiselock studied civil engineering at the Carlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and completed his master’s degree in 2019 focusing on “water”. “Since graduating from high school, I have traveled to various aid programs in Africa many times,” Dor explains.
Through the University of Karlsruhe, he launched the “Boundless Engineers” (EWP) project, a non-profit university group that uses solar-powered deep wells to provide clean drinking water to many villages in Ethiopia.
Alumni KIT students discover “Move-ING eV”
Half the time he works in an engineering office in the fan-shaped city, and the other half at KIT “with a plan to start a doctorate in the summer”. In 2018, Dore co-founded “Move-ING EV” with his friend Katrina Heide, to continue their volunteer commitment independently in development collaborations and use their technical expertise and project experience in a meaningful way.
Turin’s partner Kathy, who is two years younger than him, was originally from Seagan and went to Karlsruhe to pursue a master’s degree in civil engineering. He currently works full-time at KIT for Roads and Railways and holds a doctorate. He, too, has been volunteering for various projects in Africa since 2010. “When he lived in Tanzania for a year in 2017 as a civil engineer, we met there,” says Dore.
Four years ago the two sisters also began to support the Tanzanian order (“unlimited love sisters”) and their project idea was to establish a residential and educational facility for children with disabilities. Initially they built a house for the children and in 2018 they installed a rainwater treatment system to provide water to the house.
The new school opened in January 2021
In 2019 a large school building for a center for children with disabilities was added. The thing is happening in Sabalisa, a small village in the northwest of the fifth largest African country, which covers an area of nearly one million square kilometers and currently has a population of about 60 million.
The system also includes a filter and a solar-powered UV disinfection system. “Together with the cistern and a solar pump, they create a circulating system that produces clean drinking water,” he told civil engineers. “Now what we’m been doing for a long time has finally arrived. The newly built school in Sabalisa began teaching in January 2021, initially 45 girls and boys aged five to fourteen,” they both happily say.
Lots of effort from the locals
It will provide an educational opportunity for underprivileged children of all denominations, and thanks to the many donations from the region. “It is very important for us to thank our supporters and especially many private donors for putting their trust in them,” it says. Although both have invested heavily in the project with expertise and commitment, they have great confidence in the people on the site, even when they are not.
“We do not want to impose or undermine our own efforts in any way. We are deliberately abstaining from organizational or operational matters,” Dore insists. The corona virus prevented a planned trip in the spring of 2020, and early 2020/2021. Nevertheless, a lot of progress has been made on the site thanks to good cooperation with local partners.
In the medium and long term, they hope to expand the center’s capacity so that up to 200 children can live there and go to school. Your motivation is unbroken. “The project is unique in the catchment area of the two districts with a population of about 70,000,” explains both supporters, who say they want to live and work longer in East Africa. “We have a close relationship with the people who live there. The result is not only a partnership, but also a valuable friendship.”
More information is available at www.move-ing.org