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Students in Engineers Without Borders Work to Change Lives
January 27, 2014 — The mission of Engineers Without Borders is to support community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders in both parties.
Engineers Without Borders at the University of Wyoming (EWB-WYO) is a registered student organization (RSO) where students make a difference by contributing to meaningful engineering projects. Active members are more cognizant of issues facing developing countries through meetings, conferences and travel participation. Students have the opportunity to join project or fundraising teams to build their interpersonal experience and leadership skills. Currently, students may choose to join the Guatemala team to work on a water distribution project or the Kenya team to work on a structures project.
Last December, the Guatemala team traveled to Comunidad Maya Nueve de Enero to conduct a second assessment trip of the community. Team members were working in conjunction with community leaders to fully understand the needs of the society, while assessing the surrounding topography and watershed to collaboratively design the water distribution system with the community. The team hopes to travel on an implementation trip next December to complete the project.
While the Guatemala team was traveling, members of the Kenya team were gearing up for travel to Mbita for an assessment trip this spring. The Kenya team partnered with The Hope School, a center that provides education to orphaned and vulnerable children. The team hopes to assess the community, topography, soil quality and water quality to begin designs for a dormitory for the schoolgirls. Depending on the complexity of the project, future assessment trips may be required before implementation can be considered.
The only way this work is possible is through private donations and EWB-WYO sponsored fundraisers. EWB-WYO is featuring the “Breaking Borders Masquerade” on February 22nd at the Laramie Country Club. Food, drink, entertainment, a raffle and a silent auction will be provided. Tickets are $40, and guests who prepay by February 6th will receive a free raffle ticket. Prepayment may be sent to:
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Students from all degree programs are encouraged to join EWB-WYO at any time! Meetings are typically every other Thursday at 5:15.