EWB in Malawi – Water and Sanitation 2010
A weblog by Shehin Rahemtulla – University of Victoria Junior Fellow for Engineers without Borders

-About EWB

“Engineers Without Borders creates opportunities for rural Africans to access clean water, generate an income from small farms, and have improved access to the services and infrastructure they need to improve their lives. We harness the problem-solving approach and creative pragmatism of the Canadian engineering sector to address the root causes of poverty in rural Africa”

There are three pillars of our overseas work:

Pillar 1) Fostering Canadian development leaders and improving the role of westerners in development;

Pillar 2) Enhancing African organisational and individual capacity

Pillar 3) Improving the quality of development decisions by donors and influential thinkers.

What We Do

Engineers Without Borders creates opportunities for rural Africans in Zambia, Malawi, Ghana and Burkina Faso to create positive change in their lives. We harness the skills and creativity of the Canadian engineering sector to find practical solutions to one of the world’s most urgent problems – extreme poverty.

In Africa, Engineers Without Borders is pioneering sophisticated responses to complex development challenges. EWB volunteers work with our overseas institutional partners – governments, development organizations and private enterprises – to identify practical and long-term solutions to poverty. By focusing on the needs of rural communities, we are improving access to clean water and critical infrastructure, increasing farmers’ yields, and supporting business opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Here at home, EWB is taking action to promote political and personal choices that contribute to a more prosperous future for millions of rural Africans. We connect Canadians to our innovative, entrepreneurial and resilient African partners. We are making change start right here at home, by calling on the Canadian government to reestablish itself as a global leader by restructuring our aid to have an impact in communities where it is needed most.

African Programs

In West and Southern Africa, Engineers Without Borders is improving access to clean water and critical infrastructure, increasing farmers’ yields, and supporting business opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.

In doing so, our volunteers live and work amongst the rural communities they aspire to impact – taking the time to learn local languages and culture. Because of this, EWB’s volunteers are able to identify the root causes of poverty, develop innovative solutions and focus our projects where they are needed most.

Working in partnership with local organizations, our African projects are fostering long-term leadership in rural communities – extending EWB’s impact long after a volunteer’s departure.

Why we work in Canada

Extreme poverty is not inevitable. And 32 million Canadians who believe it unjust can choose to make a difference in the lives of the three billion people who live in poverty. That is why EWB is working in Canada—striving to make Canada a model global citizen.

We live in an increasingly interconnected world in which the actions and decisions of people in Canada can have a profound effect on developing communities. Moreover, Canadians are proud of our country’s tradition of leadership on international issues—from peacekeeping, to the International Campaign to Ban landmines, to the International Criminal Court.

We believe that Canadians want to continue this tradition; they want Canada to become a beacon—a model global citizen—for how the world responds to the challenge of global poverty. Choosing to reduce poverty will only happen when people understand the connections between their daily actions and the lives of people in developing communities. That is why our 20,000 members are raising awareness among the general population and challenging:

  • Canadians to make pro-poor decisions
  • Our government to improve their policies
  • Canadian corporations to adopt fair and humane practices

EWB programs such as high school outreach, curriculum enhancement and EWB Day are each making important inroads towards increased engagement of the Canadian population so that they can make increasingly informed decisions every day.

What You Can Do

In our quest to promote human development, EWB depends on the support of concerned global citizens such as yourself. Your donations, membership and involvement in EWB are enabling us to expand our work, helping people in some of the world’s most impoverished communities improve their lives.

.. taken directly from the EWB website.  To learn more, please visit www.ewb.ca

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