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.
Our Current Project
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.
New Potable Water Project in Panama
This past summer, EWB-SDSU partnered with La Fundación Pro Niños de Darién to work with communities in the Darien that do not have access to clean drinking water year-round. Currently, many communities use rainwater harvesting systems which can run dry for several weeks. Community members resort to river water located near many farms that pollute into the river, or groundwater pumps located near leach fields. The EWB-SDSU Panama Project team is looking forward to a full assessment trip this coming Winter. Contact our Program Coordinator, Ian Crano, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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