Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 humanitarian organization established in 2002 to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. Engineers Without Borders - San Diego State University Chapter (EWB-SDSU) was established in 2007 by a group of strong-minded individuals wanting to better humanity by giving their services to less fortunate communities. EWB-SDSU encourages active participation of students in international engineering projects throughout the school year, allowing students to experience a hands-on application of material learned in class.
Our vision is a world in which the communities we serve have the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs, and that our members have enriched global perspectives through the innovative professional educational opportunities that the EWB-USA program provides.
EWB-USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.
Agua Para Siempre
The SDSU chapter of Engineers Without Borders helps a Honduran community access clean water. The story is in 360 magazine.
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The driving vision of the Engineers Without Borders - San Diego State University Chapter over the past year has been a water quality project in the community of Tejeras, Honduras. The water source is polluted and is making the inhabitants sick with gastrointestinal problems and skin irritations. EWB has partnered with the non-profit organization AJAASSPIB, an association of representatives from the various communities within the south sector of the national park Pico Bonito. This organization was developed to protect and make decisions about local water and resources. The goal of the project is to work with the community to implement a clean water solution that the community can self-sustain.
We traveled on our first site assessment trip in January 2011 and did water testing, mapping, health surveys and developed community relations. During the second assessment trip in January 2012, we finished our assessments and the information gathered allowed the Honduras Project Team to design an optimal solution for improving their water quality. This design included improvements in filtering solids at the source (a reservoir) with a simple screen, fixing leaks throughout the pipe network, and installing a more efficient disinfection system commonly used in the surrounding communities. Unfortunately, after the US Department of State issued a High Risk warning to American travelers, the CSU system was obligated to ban all student organizations from traveling to Honduras. EWB-SDSU is now looking forward to the opportunity of partnering with The Moxie Foundation, founded by Irwin Zahn, to see the Honduras project come to completion. For more information, check out our Tejeras Project page.
Because San Diego State University is on summer break we will not be having any meetings. However there will be some volunteer and project planning opportunities. Please contact us if you are interested.