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 »

Celebrating One Year of Accomplishments with Community Engineering Corps

A little over one year ago, Engineers Without Borders USA launched the Community Engineering Corps (CE Corps) with ASCE and AWWA to partner with underserved communities here in the United States. In the past year, the three alliance organizations have worked hard to get the initiative up and running by soliciting projects from partner communities, matching enthusiastic project… Read more »

Hope Flows Like Water in Simwatachela, Zambia

EWB-USA’s Mississippi State Chapter (EWB-USA MSU) recently traveled to the Simwatachela Chiefdom in Zambia with a focused goal: to drill a well. But before the drill broke ground, Leonard, headsman of Siamabwe Village, had a goat from the village’s herd prepared for the team. This celebration–a delicacy not often enjoyed by the village–was held simply… Read more »