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 »

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 »