This mission of the Engineers Without Borders Club at Washington & Lee is to combine the efforts of students of all majors and interests in a collaborative effort with the EWB Chapter at Virginia Military Institute in order to enhance the living conditions of developing areas worldwide. Through this effort, students will learn about poverty stricken areas, combining their efforts in a creative way to work as a team to design and implement sustainable engineering solutions to improve the basic standard of living for these communities in the developing world.
In summer 2011 students from W&L participated in a water project in Pampoyo, Bolivia. The goal of the project was to design and build a catchment/delivery system to bring clean spring water to the people, because village water sources had been contaminated by nearby mines. Students will return in summer 2012.
In early 2012 the club won a grant for $10,000 from Davis Projects for Peace. They will use the funds for the additional 6,000 feet of pipe needed to complete the catchment and irrigation system implemented in 2011. The grant will also contribute to the purchase of two tanks that will be installed at the end of this pipe. These tanks will be used to store water for irrigating a field, which will ultimately increase the arable land in Pampoyo by 400%. Finally, any remaining funds will contribute to the implementation of ecolatrines and the realization of a health clinic, the Santa Lucia Health Clinic, that will serve multiple towns within the area.
The EWB Organization is focused on providing interested students the opportunity to apply their diverse academic backgrounds in a real-life situation for the benefit of those lacking basic human needs, such as drinking water. Students in the club work with the EWB Chapter at VMI to design and implement sustainable engineering, biological, anthropological and business projects to transform communities into healthier, more productive areas. A portion of the project will be completed on campus. On campus duties include, but are not limited to; engineering design, potential economical, medical and environmental impact studies, and researching ways to increase a community's income to not only aid them in the present, but in the future as well.
This club creates the opportunity to work on campus, but also to see a few interested students travel abroad for the implementation of their designs. There is potential for students from all majors to study the people and their communities to find ways to improve sanitation and create healthier lifestyles for them. Our goal, as a group, is to create sustainable ways for communities to meet their basic human needs, while the members involved gain enriched global perspectives through the innovative professional education opportunities that the EWB-USA program provides.
President: Alex Prather (email@example.com)
Donations to help fund the club are gratefully accepted!
Please make payable to W&L EWB and send to:
EWB, Physics & Engineering Dept.
Washington and Lee University
Lexington VA 24450