Meet Our New International Community Programs Coordinator

Whether she’s sitting at her desk or sitting on her yoga mat, Marin Brownell pours her heart into everything she does. After serving in the Peace Corps in Panama and receiving her masters degree in international and intercultural communication, she now serves as Engineers Without Borders USA’s International Community Programs Coordinator. EWB-USA: How did you first… Read more »

The Future is Now: Assessing Financial Sustainability of Projects

By Kelly Latham Sustainability is a hot topic in international development right now–especially in the water supply sector. EWB-USA’s ten principles of development state that each project must consider the long-term availability of financial, administrative, technical, labor and material resources in order to be truly sustainable. Each of these layers is crucial to sustainability as… Read more »

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the EWB-USA 2014 National Conference

To kick off registration for EWB-USA’s 2014 National Conference, we counted down the top 5 reasons not to miss this event! This year’s conference will be held in Reston, Virginia, (just outside of Washington, D.C.) from Oct. 31-Nov. 2. So, why should you register? Here are our top 5 reasons! Reason #5: Build friendships without borders Yes, we know… Read more »

How Community-Driven is Your Project?

On the blog today, EWB-USA member Eric Dietrich poses important questions about community-driven development from his experience with the EWB-USA Montana State University Chapter. Join the discussion by leaving a reply in the comments below! by Eric Dietrich How do you know whether your chapter and your partners are successful in building a truly community-driven project?… Read more »

Bringing Clean Water to Bbanda

The children of Bbanda led Catherine to what she describes as a swamp. But to these children, this “swamp” is their primary source of drinking water. Catherine remembers thinking, “I would never drink this water. If I wouldn’t drink it, then it is not an acceptable solution for other people.” Fortunately for the children of… Read more »

Applying the Three R’s in Candelaria, Honduras

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This might not be the mantra you’d expect to hear from a community of 2,000 people living in western Honduras. But Candelaria is not what you might expect. Candelaria’s environmental story starts in the mid-‘90s when, for the first time, plastics and other disposable materials found their way to the local markets…. Read more »

Kenyan Students Safer After Partnership with Montana Students

Cultures differ drastically, but parents everywhere share similar hopes and dreams for their children: to get a good education and to remain safe from harm. For parents in Khwisero, Kenya, the simple act of sending their children to school has proven unsafe. Schoolchildren have died in this rural region of western Kenya as a result… Read more »

Exploring New Pathways to Electricity

We’ve all heard of pay-as-you-go mobile plans, but what about pay-as-you-go solar plans? Guest blogger Victoria Arch talks about how this new technology applies to the developing world. By Victoria Arch Today in Africa over 600 million people live without access to electricity; that’s between 60-65% of the continent’s population. To meet basic energy needs,… Read more »