USC's chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USC) partners with communities locally and internationally to implement projects that will improve their infrastructure and help meet the basic needs of these communities.
By designing and implementing environmentally sustainable, equitable, and economical engineering projects, EWB-USC is not only serving the community, but we are also giving student members a chance to expand their perspectives. Through domestic and international projects, EWB members have the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to professional practice. Furthermore, EWB-USC helps students to develop strong leadership skills, which will help to produce effective leaders working for a meaningful purpose.
Our team is still working on providing better infrastructures in Bolivia to help address the health issues in the area. With an international project there are a lot of costs that have to be factored in throughout the entire process of the project. Currently, our project involves the implementation of a new water supply and filtration system that fulfills the needs of a small community named Yannani. Over 50 families in this small community still lack access to clean water for their daily needs.
We are raising funds to cover the many costs associated with our project. These costs include:
- Multiple travel expenses (since we most likely will travel to the site more than once),
- Transportation while in Bolivia
- Costs for purchase material and supplies for our projects
In December, we plan on completing a virtual assessment. The proceeds from this campaign will help us fund this trip to Bolivia and ensure that we are able to truly make an impact in Yannani by giving them the best solution for their problem. It is critical that we provide the best access to a safe water supply for the many families that are currently struggling without it.
We are currently working to improve the latrine system at the Chitala school, located 10 kilometers south of Salima. With a student population of 1,010, the school only has six pit latrines. The area’s poor soil texture and rainy season make it so the latrines collapse every school year, posing sanitation and health issues for the school. This community needs a better model of building permanent latrine structures. Our club plans on researching different options for types of latrines, and evaluating the feasibility during our assessment trip this coming year. After the assessment trip, we plan on building two of the newly designed latrines during our implementation trips. Most importantly, we will take time to educate and train the community on sanitation practices as well as the construction and maintenance of the new latrines. Our latrines will serve as a demonstration for all future construction work, which will hopefully extend beyond the scope of the school, addressing the health issues that the people of Chitala face. However, to be able to implement this work, our club needs funding. Assessment trips and implementation trips down the line are expensive, and the communities we serve often do not have many resources or financial stores. They will need our financial support not only in traveling and working with local NGO’s but also in material costs to install the latrines. We in turn need the support for our club so that we can carry out these humanitarian projects.
Your gift today will allow us to purchase the necessary supplies we need for our projects, as well as help our team members with travel expenses to these locations. Our goal is to raise $3,500 to help offset all costs related to these projects. We want to help make it financially possible for our members to be able to travel and implement these solutions.
By donating today, you will help EWB-USC students to have an invaluable experience to their development as engineers, globally-minded citizens, leaders, and humanitarians. Donations will also allow us to empower communities around the world, while also empowering the next generation of leaders in engineering. Supporting EWB-USC is important because we can only change the world TOGETHER.
No matter the amount, every gift makes a difference, so we thank you for your continued support of EWB-USC.
For more information about USC's Engineers Without Borders, check us out at:
The Official WEB-USC Website: https://www.uscewb.org/
We may also be contacted directly via email at: email@example.com.
The University of Southern California is a 501(c)(3) organization, so gifts and donations to USC are considered charitable contributions. Gifts in support of the EWB Fund are tax-deductible in accordance with State and Federal law. Donors to USC should contact their tax advisor or tax accountant when inquiring about their individual tax consequences. USC’s federal tax I.D. number is 95-1642394.
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