EWB Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders (USA) booth. The blue device is a wind turbine that can be made from basic materials

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) – more than 12,000 professionals and students from engineering, public health, anthropology and business. Through its 350 projects and programs, in over 45 developing countries, EWB-USA provides innovative professional educational opportunities that will improve the lives of millions of people around the world.


  • In Uganda, the women of the Buyende District sang and did a traditional dance to give thanks and celebrate a new well and the clean water and freedom it represents for their community of 9,000 people.
  • In Kenya, an EWB-USA team was bestowed with a goat for their work building wells, a water pipeline and latrines throughout the community of Khwisero, making it easier for Khwisero’s children and community to avoid waterborne disease and get an education.
  • In Nicaragua, women from the La Benediction community presented the team with afternoon coffee and baked goods to thank them for their efforts working to bring water closer to the community. The women spend hours gathering water each day, making the gift of afternoon coffee precious.
  • In Uganda, thanks comes in the form of a cooking lesson from a village resident on making Chapati (Indian-style flatbread) for work building a fish farm. The farm will allow communities in and surrounding Omorio Village to increase their dietary options and generate income.
  • In the United States, a team member receives an email from UNHCR, our partner organization, expressing gratitude to the volunteers working with them to provide solar light to Dolo Ado, a refugee camp of 200,000 located in the Ethiopian desert. The thoughtful note calls out the team’s patience, professionalism and good sense of humor.


  • WhatsApp – messaging service used throughout the world. Several of the EWB teams have significantly improved communications with their in-country community project teams using WhatsApp with the available cellular phone service. Many of these communities lack reliable internet and email. Tracking and monitoring project progress between EWB team visits has significantly improved the timeliness of reporting data. This is especially important for water distribution project where controlling the water quality must be maintained and any small corrections must be made immediately to prevent larger problems that can develop quickly if the situation goes untreated.
  • University of Tulsa’s EWB chapter. Machacamarca-Micacuni, Bolivia sanitation project. We are expecting the project to involve building eco-latrines
  • Help Vanessa donate her 21st Birthday to Fordham University Engineers Without Borders! Serere District, Uganda: Fordham University’s Engineers Without Borders’ fish farming project.


  • EPANET Water Distribution Piping System – Software Tool – software that models water distribution piping systems. EPANET is public domain software that may be freely copied and distributed. It is a Windows 95/98/NT/XP program. EPANET performs extended period simulation of the water movement and quality behavior within pressurized pipe networks.