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Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to support community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects.
The EWB-UTSA chapter has been at the University of Texas at San Antonio campus since 2011 and completed their first project in 2018 in Viña Vieja, Peru. The chapter consists of students from multiple disciplines (mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering civil engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, finance, geology, and more), two mentors, a faculty advisor, and support from the College of Engineering. Click here to learn about our leadership team. The students in this chapter are involved in outreach, design, fundraising, and implementation of sustainable humanitarian projects. The project in Peru dealt with a water distribution and storage system that provided clean water to a community of 110 families.
The EWB-UTSA Chapter visited the community of Viña Vieja multiple times and built a great relationship over 6 years. The trip to complete the last leg of the water treatment system took place during the last few days of December 2017. Currently, EWB-UTSA has taken on their second major project in La Esperanza, Guatemala. Like the Peru project, this new undertaking in Guatemala also deals with a water distribution system. The community has access to electricity and includes over 200 people, 29 of which are school children. The municipality (San Martín Jilotepeque) will be drilling a well that EWB will use as the source for the distribution system. EWB will also install household taps for access to all families of the community. An assessment trip was taken by a team of EWB officers in March 2020 to get to know the community and the area in which they live in as well as discuss a feasible plan of action to carry out this project. This project is estimated to be completed by the end of 2025.
EWB encourages new ideas, and welcomes anyone willing to dedicate their time into helping others out. To become part of our family and get more information on the progress of the project, you can keep up with us on our webpage, Facebook, Twitter (@ewbutsa), and Instagram (@ewb.utsa).
For information on EWB-USA, click here.
Our vision is a world in which all communities have the capacity to meet their basic human needs.
Engineers Without Borders supports community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while fostering responsible leadership.
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