Clean Power and Job Creation: Improving the Lives of Somali Refugees in the Vast Ethiopian Desert

As part of our ongoing relationship with United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the IKEA Foundation, EWB-USA’s Engineering Service Corps volunteers and staff have been working to bring clean electricity to the Dollo Ado camps since September 2017. To date, we’ve installed approximately one-third of 52 planned solar micro-grids. These… Read more »

EWB-USA’s Global Impact: Community Engagement as Development

The evolution of the work Engineers Without Borders USA does around the world is a true reflection of our commitment to ongoing learning in order to improve. In April 2017 we conducted our third impact study in Nicaragua. Impact studies provide a unique opportunity to see the long-term results of EWB-USA programs. We explore 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 »

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 »

Introducing the Lessons from the Field Series

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, EWB-USA embraces the learning opportunities derived from failure. This blog series will highlight projects that did not live up to the original planned success…. Read more »

Two Classrooms, One Goal

In two classrooms thousands of miles apart, students in Muchebe, Kenya, and Princeton, New Jersey, are transforming into the engineering leaders of tomorrow. “We are eager to become engineers so that at one time we will be the ones to change our environment and the entire environment at large,” wrote one pupil from the Muchebe Primary… 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 »

Three Strategies for Project Team Success

In my three years of involvement with the EWB-USA University of Florida Chapter, I have seen the value in several team-building strategies employed by our Bolivia project team. I’ve learned that an EWB-USA project must have a foundation built on strong leadership and dedicated team members to partner effectively with communities. This can be challenging… Read more »