Engineers Without Borders USA Student Chapter

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The Carroll College Chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA is dedicated to:

  • improving the quality of life for people in developing communities worldwide through sustainable community development projects, and
  • preparing future leaders who are well equiped to solve the world's most pressing problems.

All are Welcome!

Students, faculty, and professionals from all disciplines are welcome to join Carroll EWB and to become engaged in our projects. While our projects always have an engineering component they are, at the same time, multifaceted and require the expertise and skills of individuals from many professions and disciplines.  The majority of Carroll EWB students are not engineering majors and come from just about every major on campus (e.g., biology, nursing, languages, business, international relations, education, philosophy, theology, psychology, and engineering). If you want to do good work, learn effective strategies for global community development, become a leader, and have a lots of fun, join Carroll Engineers Without Borders. Typically, students move quickly into Carroll EWB leadership positions. There are ample opportunities for international travel, even for freshmen. Carroll EWB requires a lot of hard work and decication, but the rewards are immense.

Who We Serve

Current student projects include strengthening a school building against earthquates in a Mayan community in Guatemala, developing more productive farming at an orphanage in Mexico, improving the domestic water system at a home for the elderly in St. Lucia, and providing clean safe water for a small village in Uganda.

In Mexico, it's Sanitation, Farming, and a Bridge.

Since 20016, Carroll EWB has established a strong and enduring relationship with the Santa Maria Orphanage near Colon, Mexico. There are currently three Carroll EWB projects at Santa Maria.

MexicoThe first project is a waste-water treatment system that allows the orphanage to clean its wastewater and reuse it for fish farming and irrigation.  This conserves water and stops contamination of a nearby river, which is a primary water source for downstream towns. This project has been completed but is still monitored on a regular basis.

The second project is the development and installation of a new irrigation system that brings water nearly one mile from two reservoirs to seven farm fields. The system includes a transportation pipeline, a distribution network of pipes and valves, a pump, and sprinklers for the fields. The plan is to use the irrigation system and farm fields more effectively to grow spices and herbs that can be sold in markets for profit. The profits can then be used to send more of Santa Maria's residents to college. The irrigation system was completed in May 2014, however, we are considering the addition of ground water wells to the network, and we are continuing to monitor and evaluate the system.

The third project is a pedestrian bridge that will provide for more efficient and safer operations at the orphanage. This project is currently in the development and design phases.

In Guatemala, we are strengthening a school against earthquakes

Image of EWB students in Guatemala Carroll EWB is currently working to reinforce the structure at La Asunción, the local school in Santo Tomás La Union. In the event of an earthquake, the current buildings are at  a very high risk of collapsing.  Since May 2012, a team of Carroll students, faculty, and professional mentors has been collaborating with a local construction crew in Santo Tomás to construct 18 structural support walls that are required to provide adequate protection of the school against earthquakes.  This process is ongoing and now all but a few of the walls have been completed. The result is a structurally sound building and safe place for people to seek refuge in the event of a local natural disaster. The remaining walls will be completed soon.

In St. Lucia, we are improving the domestic water system at the Marian Home for the Elderly.

The first trip to St. Lucia in January 2015 was an assessment trip. Since then, we have designed and implemented improvements the domestic water system at the Marian Home. An efficient and effective domestic water system is a critical element for the good care that the Carmelite sisters provide for the Home's residents. The system includes rain water catchment, solar hot water systems, and a supply from the local municipality's water system. The domestic water system is used for cooking and drinking, bathing the residents, laundry, and a small amount of farm and gardens irrigation. To date, the system has been improved by repairing the rainwater catchment system, installing a more efficient pump, separating the rainwater from the more expensive municipal water, and advising the staff toward more efficient use of the system to reduce costs of operations and provide better care for the residents. Our next plan is to help with expanding the rainwater system so that the costs of operation can be reduced even more and so that more water can be used for irrigation.

In Uganda, we are providing safe clean water to the small village of Kawango.

 

Hannah in Uganda
Hannah brings joy to kids in Kawango Village

Here, Carroll EWB is working with the small village of Kawango to provide safe clean water for the village residents. Three wells and three springs provide most of the domestic water for the village. The water from the wells is safe to drink, but the pumps are not working correctly. As a result, many people in the village go to the springs for their water, which is not safe to drink. We are working with the people in the village to fix the pumps in the wells, and to develop other uses (e.g., agricultural irrigation) for the water from the springs. In addition, we are working to provide clean safe water for the new Holy Trinity School that is in Kawango. And, Carroll EWB is partnering with the Rotary Club of Helena to provide electrical power in Kawango and to install a fully equiped computer lab in the Holy Trinity School.

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