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 »

The Quest for Clean Water in the Salinas Valley

Surrounded on all sides by farmland sits a small, disadvantaged community of 10 housing units in California’s Salinas Valley. The primarily Spanish-speaking residents are agricultural laborers who work the fields of what is commonly known as “America’s Salad Bowl” due to the large quantity of crops grown here.   These individuals provide their state and… 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 »

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 »

Building Strong Foundations: EWB-USA’s 2014 Annual Report

We’re excited to share last year’s many accomplishments with you in our 2014 Annual Report! The annual report highlights the stories of our communities, projects and leaders that engineered change. It also offers our volunteers and supporters an easy-to-decipher overview of our financial health. We greatly value transparency in our operations, and invite you to read… 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 »

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 »