Partnering with Engineers Without Borders USA

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Information about Partnering with Engineers Without Borders USA

Published on March 7, 2014

Author: GeoEngineers



Despite much progress in the field of international development, humanity continues to face tremendous global challenges. Water problems such as access to safe drinking water and reliable sanitation affect about half of the world’s population.  Nearly 1.1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water. Two point six billion people do not have access to proper sanitation. An even more disturbing fact is that unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and lack of hygiene claim the lives of 1.6 million children under the age of five every year.
The world’s energy story isn’t much better. About 1.4 billion people lack access to direct electricity. Two point seven billion people still rely on traditional cooking methods utilizing biomass energy. We all know that cooking shouldn’t kill. But it is estimated that the household air pollution resulting from biomass use will result in more than 1.5 million deaths per year by 2030.
These statistics reveal a dire reality, but there’s still good news to share.

PARTNERING WITH Engineers Without Borders USA

OUR WORLD TODAY The Challenges

OUR WORLD TODAY Global Challenges 1billion lack clean water 1.4 billion lack access to electricity 2.6 billion lack adequate sanitation 2.7 billion rely on biomass energy for cooking

OUR WORLD TODAY Engineering Challenges The United States ranks: 52nd in the quality of STEM education 27th in college students receiving engineering degrees

OUR WORLD TODAY EWB-USA’s Solutions Build stronger communities We build stronger communities by empowering them with the capacity to meet their basic human needs. EWB-USA’s members collaborate with local partners to design and build sustainable engineering projects. Build stronger global leaders From classroom to field, we offer our members transformative experiences that enrich global perspectives and produce better students and better employees. This engagement teaches soft skills, such as: • Leadership • Project Management • Cross-cultural Communication • Systems Thinking


HOW WE ENGINEER CHANGE Our Reach 47 Countries with EWB-USA programs 389 Community Development Programs 5-Year Minimum commitment to each community

HOW WE ENGINEER CHANGE Project types EWB-USA members implement 450 projects around the world in seven disciplines. Civil Works Agriculture Energy Information Systems Water Sanitation Structures

HOW WE ENGINEER CHANGE Educating Leaders of Tomorrow Recruit Students Train Global Engineers Lifelong Learning Engage Your Workforce

HOW WE ENGINEER CHANGE Snapshot of a Program EWB-USA programs originate with a community self-identifying their needs and requesting support from EWB-USA. Our members work with the community to assess, design, implement and monitor appropriate solutions. The EWB-USA Lehigh Valley Professional Chapter’s (EWB-USA LVP) partnership with the Centennial Secondary School in Mattru Jong, Sierra Leone, exemplifies the breadth of our community development model. After the Sierra Leone Civil War destroyed the school, the EWB-USA LVP Chapter united with the community to design a multidisciplinary program to improve all facets of the school’s infrastructure – from its sanitation facilities to its electricity to its water supply. Today, the school is reopened and currently educates approximately 1,500 students.

WHO WE ARE The People Who Engineer Change

WHO WE ARE The role of EWB-USA HQ The 19 full-time staff members at EWB-USA’s headquarters in Denver, Colo., facilitate a robust quality assurance and quality control process that enables our chapters to work on hundreds of projects across the globe each year. The roles they play include: • Provide education and guidance on each state of a project’s development • Review all project designs for technical feasibility • Train chapter project teams for fluency in EWB-USA policies, project process and travel requirements • Ensure proper financial governance is maintained over all funds associated with the organization, including our 303 chapters 100% MISSION-DRIVEN

WHO WE ARE The boots on the ground 13,836 Members 303 Chapters 100% MISSION-DRIVEN 72% Students 28% Professionals 29% Female 71% Male

WHO WE ARE Our partners Premier $500,000+ Principal $200,000+ Diamond $100,000+

WHO WE ARE Our partners Platinum $75,000+ Gold $50,000+ Silver $25,000+ Official $10,000+


PARTNER WITH EWB-USA Fund EWB-USA’s Sustainability EWB-USA partners strategically fund growth, financial sustainability and social impact—ensuring that the organization continues to flourish as a high-performing nonprofit organization. Why does this matter? Unrestricted investments in EWB-USA’s General Fund provide flexibility, stability and capacity to the core of the organization. These investments cover everything from the quality assurance and quality control of our programs to staff salaries and rent. EWB-USA Total Expenses: $8,166,020 4% 5% General Fundraising and $410,737 Administrative $344,527 6% Education Program $512,750 85% Community Development Program $6,898,006

The program is a biannual funding opportunity extended to our members in both the spring and fall. The program is increasingly more competitive and higher-funded each year, with a 74% increase in grant applicants and aProjects Fund 357% increase in the dollar amount of awards given from 2010 to 2012. PARTNER WITH EWB-USA EWB-USA’s Project Grants Program presents funders with the unique opportunity to provide direct support to EWB-USA projects in communities around the world. Participation in this program connects corporations and individuals to the pulse of EWB-USA in an engaging grant process comprised of review, relationship-building and reporting. A Snapshot of the 2012 Project Grants Program: $511,025 Awarded to EWB-USA Projects 110 Grants Given 811,470 Lives Impacted

PARTNER WITH EWB-USA Benefits of your Partnership PHILANTHROPY. Affecting positive social change requires the investment in leaders willing to take action, provide vision and inspire others. We bring out the best in our volunteers so that they can bring out the best in others. ACCESS. We galvanize more than 13,800 volunteers into collective global action. They are recruitmentworthy, to say the least. Connect with EWB-USA’s emerging leaders who are engineering a better world. OPPORTUNITIES. We offer meaningful engagement opportunities for you and your employees through skills-based volunteering, Project Grants Program decisionmaking, a seat on our Corporate Leadership Council and brand visibility.

PARTNER WITH US Make a Difference Today The EWB-USA team looks forward to talking to you about opportunities for your company to engineer change. Cathy Leslie Executive Director 720-204-3204 Mary Perkins Public and Donor Relations Director 720-204-3222

EMPOWERING Engineers Without Borders COMMUNITIES THROUGH Nicaragua Project INFRASTRUCTURE Wastewater Treatment Facility for Coffee Beneficio


PROJEJCT DESCRIPTION Matagalpa, north of the capital Managua San Jose Tierra Nueva Nueva Esperanza

PARTNERS Agros International • Loans to farmers for acquiring land • Agricultural assistance and social programs • Runs Communities in the Matagalpa Region


PROJECT PURPOSE Coffee Beneficio Wastewater Treatment

PROJECT DESCRPTION Coffee Beneficio – – – – Washing Depulping Removing mucilage layer Washing fermented beans

PROJECT DESCRPTION Coffee Wastewater Treatment • Processing heavily polluted wastewater • Treating effluent from fermentation • Mitigate ecological degradation

PROJECT PURPOSE – Add value to coffee product – Training community in coffee processing – Community empowerment

PROJECT GOALS – – – – – Reduce wastewater pollution Optimize water use Optimize processing techniques Treat organic content in wastewater Possible wastewater reuse

ASSESSMENT TRIP Four professionals from EWBPuget Sound Chapter  Two students from University of Central America  Translator 

ASSESSMENT TRIP Water quality testing  Surveying  Soil Sample tests  Community interviews  Visit of local beneficios 


CHALLENGES – – – – – – – Limited Water Supply Power / Electricity Road Access / Construction logistics Lack of Data Effluent Reuse Coordination Funds

PRODUCTS – Construction specification • Beneficio • Wastewater Treatment Facility – Operational manual ( Spanish ) – Maintenance tasks and schedule – Design Process Documentation


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