World Water Day: Taking Strides to End the World Water Crisis

“Do what you can, do it with others and do it with passion” Guy Ryder, Chair of UN-Water Today the world comes together to talk about one simple thing: water. Water is the crucial ingredient for leading healthy, productive lives. With more than 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home,… Read more »

Community Engagement: What it is and Why it Matters

The fact is simple: There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution for addressing a community’s water, sanitation or other basic needs. A water supply solution for one community in Kenya can look drastically different than a water supply solution for another community only a few kilometers away. The geographic, cultural and political fabric of each community Engineers… Read more »

Farmer-to-Farmer Program: Engineers Boost the Longevity of Kosovo’s Agribusiness

In the summer of 2016, EWB-USA launched a new partnership with USAID in support of our Farmer-to-Farmer: Improving the Sustainability of Kosovo Agriculture program. This one-year program provides technical assistance from U.S. volunteers to farmers, farm groups, agribusinesses and other agriculture sector institutions in developing and transitional countries with the goal of promoting sustainable improvements in… Read more »

Repairing Hand Pumps to Restore Water to Drought-Stricken Villages in Ethiopia

Engineers Without Borders USA’s Engineering Service Corps began work in drought-stricken Ethiopia in June, and since that time has assessed 51 wells, 35 of which have been repaired. These improvements brought water to more than 100,000 people. Learn more below about EWB-USA’s December trip to  Ethiopia to continue this life-saving work. After volunteering for two… Read more »

Tackling Ethiopia’s Water Crisis with Partnership

EWB-USA volunteer Larry Bentley writes about partnering with Project Concern International (PCI) to tackle drought in rural Ethiopia. Note: this post was originally published on PCI’s blog. Clean water is vital. It is a key to a thriving community. I’ll never forget the exact moment when water started flowing through the pump and the Hale-Ale… Read more »

Happy First Anniversary to our Nicaragua Office!

After more than a decade of fieldwork, and following best practices of peer organizations, in June 2015 EWB-USA identified an important and strategic opportunity to pilot an in-country field office in Nicaragua. Our International Community Programs Manager, Gretchen Smithwick, relocated from our headquarters office in Denver, Colorado, to Managua, Nicaragua. Her goal: progress an idea… Read more »

Building Local Capacity: EWB-USA’s Response to the Ecuador Earthquake

On April 16, 2016, a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, leaving widespread damage in its wake. The effects extended far beyond the epicenter, a sparsely populated region 110 miles from the capital of Quito, claiming hundreds of lives and damaging countless structures beyond repair. The people of Ecuador are now faced with the overwhelming task… Read more »

Meet Our New South Asia Disaster Recovery Manager, Rick Ehlert

EWB-USA’s newest South Asia Disaster Recovery Manager, Rick Ehlert, enjoys lending a helping hand and has provided assistance following several major disasters for years. He is now working hard to set up a new EWB-USA office to respond to disasters in South Asia. How did you first learn about and get involved with EWB-USA? My first exposure… Read more »