Engineers Without Borders - USA Overview. A non-profit volunteer humanitarian organization. 1.2 billion lack clean water 2.4 billion lack adequate sanitation 2.4 billion are at risk with malaria 29,000 children die from hunger daily 1.1 billion overfed vs. 1.1 billion underfed.
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A non-profit volunteer humanitarian organization.
IN THE NEXT TWO DECADES, ALMOST 2 BILLIONADDITIONAL PEOPLE WILL POPULATE THE EARTH. THIS GROWTH WILL CREATE DEMANDS ON AN UNPRECEDENTED SCALE FOR:
“The majority of the world’s designers focus all their efforts on developing products and services exclusively for the richest 10% of the world’s customers. Nothing less than a revolution in design is needed to reach the other 90%.”
Dr. Paul Polak, International Development Enterprises
“Science and technology are linked to economic growth: scientific and technical capabilities determine the ability to provide clean water, good health care, adequate infrastructure, and safe food.”
Dr. Calestous Juma, Kennedy School of Government“There is less than one scientist or engineer for every 10,000 people in Africa – compared to 2 to 5 per 1000 in Europe and USA.” UNESCO
WHY NOT ENGINEERING FOR THE OTHER 90%
professional leaders, and the community
professionals grow with each project
From Smart Water Solutions , NWP (2006)
Social and Economic Change
Engineers as social entrepreneurs, community builders, peace makers
Service above self
Making a difference in the world
Designing for the other 90% (P. Polak).
Problems are varied
Designs range from Simple to complex
Implementation is always challenging
Water Supply – 50%
Energy Projects – 16%
Sanitation Projects- 11%
Structures Projects 10%
Agricultural Projects 9%
Bridge/road Projects 4%
“Low Tech, High Impact” projects that save lives while developing the next generation of globally aware engineers
The primary need of many developing communities is safe water
By 2015, reduce by half the number of people that do not have access to safe drinking water and sanitation
Contaminated water is the cause of 80% of the world’s diseases (WHO)
3.4 million people die from preventable waterborne illnesses each year
4,000 children die every day from waterborne illnesses
Diesel deep well pump stopped working in 1986.
Villagers resorted to hand dug well
Simple, safe pump system installed
High fecal coliform levels
Originate largely from runoff, some go dry
23 surveys completed
Lack of clean water and hygiene cited most often as cause of illness
Inputted off-scale-high turbidity and bacteria count and reduced it to nearly 0 CFU.
Maintenance cost is around $50 per year.
Tube settling tank (input)
Power from 102 Watt solar panel
UV Light bulb (output)
Rapid sand filter
Only 1/3 of the yield needed
Replaced current open-fire stove with Lorena-type stove
Taught local community members how to build stoves
501c3 Non Profit
Based in Longmont, CO
70% Student Membership (150 chapters)
30% Professional Membership (70 chapters)
Annual Growth over 50%
All EWB-USA projects are conducted through chapters.
Projects Under Application w/ EWB-USA
Zuncallo– Intake and Aqueduct System for irrigation
Comucala– Intake and Aqueduct System for irrigation
Projects Under Investigation
Molli Pongo– Intake and Aqueduct System for irrigation
San Lorenzo – Enlarge a community hospital
Patapani - Potable water system for drinking
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