Introducing EWB-USA 2.0: Shifting Course for Greater Impact

The dawning of a new year offers an opportunity for renewed commitment to our vision of a world in which every community has the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs. Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) is more determined than ever to keep harnessing the skills of the engineering community to build the infrastructure… Read more »

EWB-USA Receives Grant from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to Enhance Water Service in Ghana

In August 2017 Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) was the recipient of a $210,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The grant supports the facilitation of a two-year project between EWB-USA and Safe Water Network to improve water service solutions in Ghana. Today, more than one billion people lack access to safe, affordable water…. Read more »

Solar Lights Brighten The Lives Of Refugees And Host Communities

Note: this post was originally published by UNHCR’s Deepesh Das Shrestha in Spotlight Magazine. DAMAK – As the sun goes down, 21-year-old Phanindra Ghimire, a local resident of Damak Municipality, walks past a gravel road and checks the battery and sensors of a solar-grid installed along the roadside of Beldangi Refugee Camp. “I visit the… Read more »

Lessons from the Field: The Merits of Community Ownership

Despite our best efforts, sometimes implemented projects fail to function, key partnerships fall apart and community needs are not met. While these instances could be considered falling short of the goal, Engineers Without Borders USA embraces the learning opportunities derived from failure. The “Lessons from the Field” blog series highlights projects that do not live… Read more »

National Volunteer Week: Celebrating Feats of Service

Motivations to volunteer are as varied as the people who chose to serve. Some volunteer to help others less fortunate, some to gain leadership skills, and some to foster new friendships. There is a place for everyone in Engineers Without Borders USA’s (EWB-USA) volunteer community. We offer countless volunteer opportunites to meet different motivations as… Read more »

El Cantil Bridge: Bringing Safe Passage to 13 Guatemalan Communities

Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) has been working in the Joyabaj municipality of Guatemala since 2005. Below, EWB-USA Fellows Benjamin Cook and Kerry Drake give a firsthand account of the logistics required to complete a vehicle bridge that will serve 20,000 people. To get from the capital, Guatemala City, to the municipality of Joyabaj takes… Read more »

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 »