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 »

Wearing Down Shovels to Build Up a Community

In the small, rural community of Llacamate, Peru, worn ­down shovels indicate two very important things: clean water and latrines are now a reality for every household. “I’d never seen anyone wear down a shovel,” said Katie Teman, a volunteer with the EWB-USA University of Colorado Boulder Chapter (EWB­-USA CU). “They are the hardest working people that I… Read more »

How’s Everything Tasting? Effective Evaluation at the Table and In the Field

The international community named 2015 the International Year of Evaluation. Throughout this year, Engineers Without Borders USA is highlighting the four major parts of our efforts to effectively evaluate our international community programs: planning, monitoring , evaluation and learning. In this post, EWB-USA’s Impact Analysis Director, Tiffany Martindale, highlights the importance of evaluation.   As… Read more »

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the EWB-USA 2015 Regional Conferences

Registration has opened at EWB-USA’s seven Regional Conferences! Locate the conference nearest you, rally your fellow chapter members, and get registered before early-bird rates are gone! Check out our top 5 reasons to join us at a conference this fall: Reason #5: Meet your neighbors The EWB-USA Regional Conferences provide a place for our 15,900+… Read more »

Water for All: Three Communities, One Water System

Imagine only having access to water once every 7 or 14 days. For the residents of La Calona, El Maraquito and Aguacatillo, ­­ three villages located near Guaimaca, Honduras, ­­water scarcity of this magnitude was all they knew. The three villages were originally settled along a river that has become severely polluted by wastewater from the town of… Read more »

Envision 2020: EWB-USA’s New Strategic Plan

Over the past five years, we have witnessed remarkable declines in global poverty statistics. The percentage of the world living on less than $1.25 per day declined by nearly 5%. By 2020, the World Bank estimates that only 9% of the world’s population will live in extreme poverty. Engineers Without Borders USA is proud to… Read more »

Engineering Change in a Global Health Crisis

In 2014, the world’s largest Ebola outbreak spread rampantly across the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Since the outbreak began, 27,600 cases of Ebola have been reported with more than 11,000 fatalities. The highest concentration of cases were reported in Sierra Leone. Hospitals in the country’s capital of Freetown lacked the… Read more »

Recovering from Rubble: EWB-USA Responds to the Nepal Earthquake

On April 25, 2015, the world’s attention turned toward Nepal. A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country, with the epicenter in Lamjung District, northwest of Kathmandu. Devastatingly, more than 8,000 lives were lost. Schools crumbled. Homes were destroyed. The country needed help. Fortunately, aid agencies around the world jumped to respond to the immediate… Read more »