How did EWB-USA begin?
In April 2000, Dr. Bernard Amadei, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado, was invited to visit a community in San Pablo, Belize. Here, Dr. Amadei assessed the community's water supply and learned that they lacked clean water and sanitation. Because of this, he found that many of the local children spent the majority of their time carrying water for drinking and farming from many miles away. He observed that while the community had the resources and desire to have a water system, they lacked the engineering skills necessary to do so. So to fix this issue, he connected his engineering students with the community he worked with in San Pablo to create a mutually beneficial relationship. Though this partnership was not done as EWB-USA, it soon would be. (www.ewb-usa.org)
EWB-USA founder Dr. Bernard Amadei visiting with children in an EWB-USA parter community in East Africa. (www.ewb-usa.org)
Because of this experience, Dr. Amadei decided to utilize the power of professional and student engineers to complete similar projects in other countries by officially founding Engineers Without Borders USA in 2002.
The EWB-USA Utah State University Chapter quickly joined forces with this organization in 2004, and has since then visited different areas locally, and in Peru and Mexico.
EWB-USA Northwestern University Chapter, working with locals in Kimuka, Kenya. Also the winner of the EWB-USA photo contest.
Since 2002, 16,800 members have joined EWB-USA to engineer change.
Working girls from the EWB-USA South Houston Professional Chapter, second place winner of the EWB-USA photo contest.
EWB-USA is currently working in 42 different countries. EWB-USU is currently working in both Peru and Mexico, but is looking to expand their humanitarian work to other countries as well.
Third place winner of the EWB-USA photo contest, EWB-USA Greater Cincinnati Professional Chapter. Water Committee Secretary, Kugonza Sylivia and her son collecting water from a well in Buseesa, Uganda.
EWB-USA currently has 686 community driven projects.
EWB-USA Utah State University Chapter working with locals in Peru on building portable alpaca shelters.
EWB-USA Utah State University Chapter working in Peru on building portable alpaca shelters.
And has impacted more than 2.5 million lives throughout the world.
For more information about EWB-USA, visit www.ewb-usa.org. If you'd like to learn more about the EWB Utah State University Chapter, visit www.ewb.usu.edu