“Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing
communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life.”
The organization at large implements engineering projects worldwide, building sustainable solutions for problems we take for granted. A larger part of the world than we want to think about deals with life threatening problems such as polluted water or no water at all. This is especially disconcerting when one learns that these people have streams or rivers just a few miles away or, in some cases, right by their village.
The children of these villages are sometimes made to carry water all day in order to support the village, leaving them no time to play, to have a real childhood, to receive an education. In some cases only the female children are required to do this, allowing their brothers to receive an education while they themselves are being left behind. Many children die of bacteria, viruses, arsenic, and other pollution when they are still very young. They die because they are in need of simple solutions such as water distribution and water treatment. They die because they lack waste treatment; they lack enough of caring people who have the power to do something, the power to make a difference.
Other problems are as simple as designing solutions to bring electricity to hospitals and schools allowing the children of villages to learn and the villagers to be treated for injuries or sickness. With education these people are now better able to overcome their poverty and provide for themselves. Even something as simple as learning proper hygiene can save lives.
The Engineers without Borders slogan sums up the mission of every EWB chapter, “building a better world, one community at a time.”