About EWB – USA NEU
EWB USA-NEU aids communities in developing countries by using engineering solutions to address basic human needs, such as the need for potable water – all the while supplying our student members with educational, transformative experiences.
Since our establishment in 2004, EWB-USA NEU has designed and constructed water projects in eight communities in Honduras, Uganda, and Panama, affecting over 2,000 individuals. Students are continually drawn to EWB-USA NEU with the goal of helping societies in need, while gaining firsthand experience in all phases of the engineering design process. We are a dually focused organization: aiding communities in the developing world by implementing sustainable engineering solutions, while striving to give students a global experience and skills beyond the classroom.
The Honduras program has become well respected in the Yoro District of Honduras for building reliable and sustainable water systems. With this reputation and the support of their partner organizations, the Honduras design team has completed five water systems. Recently, EWB-USA NEU completed the design and construction of a gravity fed system in the village of El Carrizalito, which includes extending the electric grid to power the pump. The Honduras design team recently began working in a sixth community, Ocotal.
In 2009, EWB-USA NEU began their Uganda program in the village of Bbanda. Over the past 5 years EWB-USA NEU has installed four rainwater catchment systems on schools, rehabilitated one rainwater catchment system, and drilled two boreholes. The Uganda design team, while working alongside the Bbanda community, has also designed and completed the construction of a community-wide water distribution system. The Uganda design team is now looking into expanding the water distribution system by adding an additional source, tank, and more tap stands to meet demand. The goal is to increase the quality of drinking water and decrease the distance to the access of clean water.
In 2015 EWB-USA NEU took on a third project in the community of Las Delicias, Panama. The goal of the project is to increase the access and quality of water. The Panama team recently returned from their first assessment trip in August of 2015. The team plans to begin working on the design of a community-wide water distribution system.