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October 2007 Dear Friends and Colleagues: We have seen many changes over the past year at Engineers Without Borders – USA. Our continuing development of relationships with ASCE, ASFE, ASME, Rotary, and other organizations has brought new energy, ideas and connections to our work. We have also worked to increase staffing so we can better serve our members, chapters, and host communities. A few of the highlights from the past year include: n

Added 27 projects in developing communities around the world, bringing fresh water, sanitation, renewable energy sources, and community structures such as health clinics, schools and bridges to those most in need


Directly affected over 450,000 people through our ongoing projects


Increased the number of Student Chapters by 26% and Professional Chapters by 43% in response to the requests of and efforts by interested students and professionals


Annual International Conference in Amherst, Massachusetts, with over 475 attendees from across the country

At EWB-USA, we believe strongly that a partnership between host communities, local non-governmental organizations, and committed, knowledgeable volunteers can provide low-cost, sustainable, appropriate engineering solutions to many of the challenges facing developing communities today. We have accomplished a great deal, and look forward to the coming year as we seek to expand our reach and develop new ideas, opportunities and collaborations. Thank you for being a part of this exciting mission. Respectfully,

Cathy Leslie, P.E. Executive Director





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Placencia, Belize Tacachia, Bolivia Asanquiri, Bolivia Cabezas, Bolivia Chico Mendes, Brazil Itaparica, Brazil Santarem, Brazil Dissin, Burkina Faso Balang, Cambodia Prek Eng, Cambodia Bakang, Cameroon Kikoo, Cameroon Mabeta, Cameroon Mugheff, Cameroon Kob, Cameroon Tiko, Cameroon Jilin, China Dajabon, Dominican Republic Veron, Dominican Republic El Dulce, Dominican Republic Cruce de Blanco, Dominican Rep Mata Mamom, Domincan Rep Tsuraku, Ecuador Condo Wasi, Ecuador Derechos de los Pobres, Ecuador San Gregorio, Ecuador Tabacundo, Ecuador Bua de los Tsachila, Ecuador Santa Rosa de Ayora, Ecuador Susudel, Ecuador Caserio Chagalapa, El Salvador San Antonio Abad, El Salvador El Pital, El Salvador Colonia Esmerelda, El Salvador Colonia Esmerelda, El Salvador Caserio El Amaton, El Salvador Las Mercedes, El Salvador Isla Mendez, El Salvador Miramar, El Salvador Nejapa, El Salvador La Laguneta, El Salvador Santa Barbara, El Salvador Arada Vieja, El Salvador Santa Clara, El Salvador Boho, Ethiopia Boji, Ethiopia Dhibu Qordobo, Ethiopia Agona Swendru, Ghana Winneba, Ghana Mafi Zongo, Ghana

Chapter U. of New Mexico Missouri U. of Science and Tech North Carolina State U. North Texas Professionals U. of Massachusetts-Amherst U. of Nevada-Reno U. of Missouri U. of Maryland-College Park New York Professionals U. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill U. of Delaware Yale University U. of Texas-Austin Georgia Institute of Technology U. of Pennsylvania U. of Alaska U. of Tulsa U. of Tennessee-Knoxville Virginia Polytechnic Institute Stevens Institute of Technology Case Western U. U. of Kentucky Arizona State U. Fort Lewis College Four Corners Professionals Bucknell University Tufts University Portland Professionals Johns Hopkins University Puget Sound Professionals Rutgers University Colorado State University Rice University Central Houston Professionals Central Houston Professionals Rowan University Oregon State University Central Texas Professionals Drexel U./Rowan U. U. of Wisconsin-Madison Colorado State University San Francisco State U. Tufts University Washington DC Professionals South Central Alaska Profs Puget Sound Professionals Puget Sound Professionals U. of Minnesota Central Connecticut State U. U. of Arizona-Tucson


Wastewater Treatment Sanitary and Grey Water Control Water Treatment Irrigation Systems for School/Tree Farm Rural Sanitation Rural Sanitation Neighborhood Water Drainage System Solar Lighting and Water Pumps Drought Prevention Drought Prevention Water Supply and Distribution System Water Supply and Sanitation Water Supply and Distribution Water Project Gravity-Fed Water Distribution System Permanent Facility for Orphans Sustainable Energy Potable Water Supply Water Supply Micro Hydro-Electric System Aqueduct Water Distribution System Tosa Bridge Reconstruction Wastewater System Potable Water System Potable Water Pipeline Extension Solar Energy Green Building Model School Sanitation, Water and Structure Nursery School Construction Irrigation Project Bridge Construction Water Supply Water Storage System Erosion Control and Road Maintenance Community Well Water Supply Water Supply Water Supply/Rural Tourism Clean Water Supply Wastewater Treatment and Sanitation Water System Water Supply and Treatment Water Supply Clean Water Water Supply Dam Improvement Water Improvement Water and Sanitation Internet Access for University Clean Water



Location Chapter


Sakyikrom, Ghana Yua, Ghana Chocomuk, Guatemala Jocotenango, Guatemala San Felipe, Guatemala Xix, Guatemala San Marcos, Guatemala La Nueva, Guatemala Joyabaj, Guatemala Pacaxcoj, Guatemala Caserio Loma, Guatemala Agua Negra, Guatemala Nueva Providencia, Guatemala La Fortuna, Guatemala Chicorral, Guatemala Corial Lamonthe, Haiti San Antonio, Honduras Valle Bonito, Honduras El Rosario, Honduras Pico Bonito Nat’l Pk, Honduras La Lima, Honduras Marcala, Honduras Corral de Piedra, Honduras La Estanzuela, Honduras Territos, Honduras San Carlos, Honduras Tele, Honduras Yoro, Honduras Yoro, Honduras Sri Rama, India Ulavapadu Chakicherla, India Voolapalem, India Badi Trika Gouda, India Andhra Pradesh, India Lamnga, Indonesia Naylors Hill, Jamaica Kayafungo, Kenya Khwisero, Kenya Maase-Offinso, Kenya Isungulini, Kenya Suna, Kenya Webuye, Kenya Nyamilu, Kenya Nyamilu, Kenya Otho Abwao, Kenya Migori, Kenya Oloosin Town, Kenya Makindu, Kenya Kratoyo, Macedonia Zrnovci, Macedonia Zomba, Malawi Kamma Sende, Mali Foutaka Zambougou, Mali Santa Maria del Mexico, Mexico


Columbia University Northern Arizona University University of Wyoming U. of California-LA Washington University Virginia Polytechnic Institute Humboldt State University Milwaukee School of Eng. Wisconsin Professionals U. of California-LA Washington DC Professionals University of Portland Milwaukee School of Eng. U. of Tennessee-Knoxville Johns Hopkins University Missouri U. of Science and Tech Washington DC Professionals Washington DC Professionals Yale University SUNY Env Science and Forestry Georgia Institute of Technology Phoenix Professionals U. of Southern California U. of Southern California University of Pennsylvania Greater Lansing Professionals California State U.-Chico Lafayette College Rowan University Central Houston Professionals San Diego Professionals San Francisco Professionals Columbia University Los Angeles Professionals Duke University Atlanta Professionals Washington State University Montana State University Ohio University Rutgers University George Washington University U. of Massachusetts-Amherst Dartmouth College Louisiana State University University of Cincinnati Huntsville Professionals Texas AandM University U. of Illinois-Urbana Champaign University of Florida Purdue University Michigan State University Boulder Professionals Boulder Professionals Carroll College


Water Supply Water and Sanitation Reconstruction of Technical College Solar Power for Sustainable Education Construction of Program Centers for NGO Water Supply Improvement Wastewater Treatment Water Supply Bridge Construction Water Supply School Water Supply Water Development Community Water Project Rainwater Harvesting School/community Water Pump System Water Study Water System Water System Improvement/Expansion Water Distribution System Ecological Tourism Complete Existing Water System Wastewater Treatment Potable Water System Potable Water System Spring Protection and Latrines Water Distribution System Upgrade Wastewater Treatment Facility Rehab Drinkable Water and Micro Irrigation Water Distribution and Wastewater Water Station Project Potable Water Distribution Potable Water System Micro Hydro Project Tsunami Reconstruction Post Tsunami Reconstruction Road Design/Construction Water Project School Water Supply and Sanitation Teacher Accommodations Rain Harvesting and Solar Ovens Construction of SandT Institute Drill Bore Holes Water Supply Water Supply Water Project AIDS Clinic and Orphanage Rainwater Catchment System Clean Water Project Solid Waste Management System Solar Energy Project Biodiesel Production Water Supply Water Storage and Irrigation Wastewater Reuse System

Location Chapter Ejido Estanque de Leon, Mexico Cuetzala de la Reforma, Mexico Colonia El Retiro, Mexico Maneadero, Mexico Jaboncilitos Chicos, Mexico Humla, Nepal Chyangba, Nebal Amayo, Nicaragua Huehuete, Nicaragua Jinotepe, Nicaragua San Diego, Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua Adu Achi, Nigeria Anton, Panama Cerro Iglesia Abajo, Panama Araypallpa, Peru Chirimoto, Peru Otuzco, Peru Huamanzana, Peru Allpahuayo Mishana, Peru Chino/San Juan, Peru Ciudad de Dios, Peru Belen, Peru San Leon, Peru Muhororo, Rwanda Mugonero, Rwanda Muramba, Rwanda Ngonine-Mbadane, Senegal Lower Allentown, Sierra Leone Mapani, South Africa Settappaduwa, Sri Lanka Kigoma, Tanzania Ngelenge, Tanzania Baan Bo Mai, Thailand Chiang Dao, Thailand Thang, Thailand Mae Khun Village, Thailand Mae Nam Khun, Thailand Patueng, Thailand Kampuan Tambon, Thailand Masaka, Uganda Mulobere-Kyetume, Uganda Mulobere-Kyetume, Uganda Kanoni-Gomba, Uganda Anchorage, Alaska, U.S. Roseville, CA, U.S. Santa Clara County, CA, U.S. Central Gulf Coast, LA, U.S. New Orleand, LA, U.S. St. Regis Mohawk Res, NY, U.S. Pine Ridge, SD, U.S. Cheyenne River, SD, U.S.

Kettering University Chicagoland Professionals Arizona State University Utah State University University of Texas-Austin Fort Lewis College Boulder Professionals University of New Orleans Portland State University Portland State University U. of Vermont-Burlington Seattle University Rice University U. of Illinois-Urbana Champaign California State U. – Sacramento Central Texas Professionals U. of California – Santa Barbara Boston University Michigan State University Princeton University U. of Alabama – Tuscaloosa U. of Alabama – Birmingham U. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill SUNY-Binghamton U. of Colorado – Boulder Greater Cincinnati Professionals U. of Colorado – Boulder U. of Wisconsin – Madison Rowan University North Caroline State University Sacramento Valley Professionals San Francisco Professionals SUNY – Buffalo San Francisco Professionals Villanova University Purdue University/IUPUI U. of California – Los Angeles U. of New Hampshire California Polytechnic State U. Columbia University North Dakota State University Utah State University University of Minnesota Virginia Polytechnic Institute Duke University South Central Alaska Profs. Sacramento Valley Profs. San Jose State University University of Florida Kettering University Clarkson University Purdue University Rowan Unviersity


Potable Water System New Water Source Clinc/Daycare Facility Orphanage Improvements Water Supply and Purification Electrification, Stoves, Sanitation, Water Safe Drinking Water Water Quality and Waste Disposal Irrigation Expansion Elder Care Facilities Clean Water School Site Improvement School Power, Water and Expansion Water Project Irrigation Analysis Water Distribution and Sanitation Water, Sanitation and Electrification The Hummingbird House Hydro-Electric and Irrigation Solar Energy Canopy Observation Tower Water and Sanitation Water System Health Clinic Water Supply Project Water Storage Project Water and Communications Water Delivery Potable Water The Village Learning Environment Irrigation System Orphanage Construction of Children’s Education Ctr Water Supply Water Delivery System Heritage Center Pre-school Project Potable Water Supply Clean Drinking Water Health Clinic Tsunami Housing Drainage Water and Lights for Orphanage Power Supply and Water Sanitation Power Supply and Water Sanitation Potable Water System Women’s Shelter Storage Construction Solar Energy Accessible Trail Project Post-Katrina: Stabilization of Structures Capdau School Playground Biodiesel Sewage and Erosion Control Geothermal and Natural Gas








Student and Professional Chapters each play an integral role in EWB-USA and its mission and goals. This past year saw an increase in both types of chapters, with many new Student and Professional Chapters moving from Developing to Established Chapters.

Established Student Chapters:

Arizona State University, AZ Brigham Young University, UT Brown University, RI Boston University, MA Bucknell University, PA California State University, CA Califonia State University, CA California Polytechnic State University, CA Carroll College, MT Catholic University, Washington, DC City College of NY, NY Clarkson University, NY Cleveland State University, OH College of New Jersey, NJ Colorado State University, CO Columbia University, NY Dartmouth College, NH Drexell University, PA Florida State University, FL Fort Lewis College, CO Georgia Institute of Technology, GA George Washington University, DC Gonzaga University, WA Hope College, MI Humboldt State University, CA Illinois Institute of Technology, IL Johns Hopkins University, MD Kansas State University, KS Kettering University, MI Lafayette College, PA Lawrence Tech University, MI Lehigh University, PA Marquette University, WI Michigan Technological University, MI



Montana State University, MT North Carolina State University, NC North Dakota State University, ND Northeastern University, MA Northern New Jersey, NJ Northern Arizona University, AZ Northern Illinois University, IL Ohio University, OH Oregon State University, OR Portland State University, OR Princeton University, NJ Purdue University, IN Purdue Univ. of Eng. and Tech. IUPUI, IN Rice University, TX Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, IN Rowan University, NJ Rutgers, Piscataway, NJ Santa Clara University, CA San Diego State University, CA San Francisco State University, CA San Jose State, CA Santa Clara University, CA Seattle University, WA South Dakota State University, SD State Univ. of NY, NY State Univ. of NY, NY Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ Swarthmore College, PA Syracuse Environmental Science and Forestry, NY Texas A and M University, TX Texas Tech, TX The College of New Jersey, NJ Tufts University, MA University of Alabama, AL, Birmingham University of Alabama, AL, Tuscaloosa University of Alaska, AK University of Arizona, AZ University of California, CA, Davis University of California, CA, Los Angeles University of California, CA, San Diego University of California, CA, Santa Barbara University of Cincinnati, OH University of Colorado, CO



University of Delaware, DE University of Detroit, MI University of Florida, FL University of Georgia, GA University of Hawaii, HI University of IL, Urbana-Champaign University of Kentucky, KY University of Louisville, KY University of Maine, ME University of Maryland, MD University of Massachusetts, MA University of Minnesota, MN University of Missouri, MO University of Missouri, Rolla, MO University of New Hampshire, NH University of New Orleans, LA University of New Mexico, NM University of North Carolina, NC University of Northern Arizona, AZ University of Ohio, OH University of Oklahoma, OK University of Pennsylvania, PA University of Pittsburgh, PA University of Portland, OR University of Southern CA, CA University of Tennessee, TN University of Texas, TX, Arlington University of Texas, TX, Austin University of The Pacific, CA University of Toledo, OH University or Tulsa, OK University of Vermont, VT University of Virginia, VA University of Washington, WA University of Wisconsin, WI, Madison University of Wisconsin, WI, Milwaukee University of Wyoming, WY Utah State University, UT Valparaiso University, IN Vanderbilt University, TN Villanova University, PA Virginia Tech, VA Walla Walla College, WA Washington State University, WA Washington University, MO Wesleyan University, CT Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA Yale University, CT

Developing Student Chapters:

Auburn University, AL Boise State University, ID Boston University, MA Brigham Young University, UT California State University, CA Case Western Reserve University, OH Central Conn. University, CT Cincinnati State University, OH Clemson University, SC Cooper Union, NY Duke University, NC Edmunds Community College, WA Florida Atlantic State Univ, FL Florida Institute of Tech, FL Harvard University, MA Howard University, DC Humboldt State, CA Lipscomb Univ, TN Louisiana State University, LA Manhattan College, NY Mercer University, GA Milwaukee School of Engineering, WI Mississippi State University, MS New Mexico State, NM New Jersey Institute of Tech, NJ Old Dominion University, VA Olympic College, WA Ohio State University, OH Penn State, PA Polytechnic University, NY Rensselear Polytechnic, NY San Juan State University, CA South Dakota School of Mines, SD Southern Methodist University, TX Stanford University, CA SUNY, NY Tarleton State University, TX Tulane University, LA University of Arkansas, AK University of Alabama, AL, Huntsville University of California, CA, Berkeley University of Central Florida, FL University of Connecticut, CT University of Idaho, ID University of Maryland at Baltimore County, MD University of Memphis, TN University of Miami, FL

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV University of Nevada, Reno, NV University of New Haven, CT University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC University of South Florida, FL University of Southern California, CA University of Texas, Arlington, TX University of Wisconsin, WI Wentworth Institute of Technology, MA

Established Professional Chapters: Atlanta Professionals, GA Boise/Nampa Professionals, ID Boston Professionals, MA Boulder Professionals, CO Central Texas Professionals, TX Chesapeake Professionals, MD Chicago Professionals, IL Connecticut Professionals, CT Denver Professionals, CO El Paso Professionals, TX Florida Professionals, FL Fort Collins Professionals, CO Four Corners, CO Gateway Professionals, MO Great Salt Lake Professionals, UT Greater Cincinnati Professionals, OH Hartford Professionals, CT Houston Professionals, TX Huntsville Professionals, AL Inland Northwest Professionals, WA Kansas City, MO Lansing Professionals, MI Los Angeles Professionals, CA Mid Atlantic Professionals, NJ-NY-PA Minnesota Professionals, MN New Orleans Professionals, LA New York Professionals, NY North Coast Professionals, CA North Texas Professionals, TX Northern New Jersey Professionals, NJ Northwest Arkansas Professionals, AR Ohio Professionals, OH Phoenix Professionals, AZ Pittsburgh Professionals, PA Portland Professionals, OR Puget Sound Professionals, WA Research Triangle Professionals, NC



Rocky Mountain, CO Sacramento Valley Professionals, CA San Diego Professionals, CA San Francisco Professionals, CA San Joaquin Valley Professionals, CA San Luis Obispo Professionals, CA South Central Alaska, AK South Central Region, TX Southern Arizona Professionals, AZ South Houston NASA-JSC, TX Vermont Professionals, VT Washington DC Professionals, VA/DC West Coast Regional Professionals, OR Western Massachusetts Professionals, MA Wisconsin Professionals, WI

Developing Professional Chapters: Albany Professionals, NY Albuquerque Professionals, NM Detroit Professionals, MI Great Plains Professionals, MN Knoxville PP, TN Nat’l Society of Black Engineering, WI Newport News, VA Ohio Professionals, OH Orange County PP, CA San Antonio Professionals, TX South East Region, MD Tri Cities Professionals, MI West Virginia Professionals, WV Western Montana, MT



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The EWB-USA Governing Board of Directors met four times this fiscal year, with additional specialized and committee meetings. The Board focused on networking with engineering corporations and professional service organizations, and expanding organizational infrastructure and funding streams. The officers and members of the governing board are: President: John Bennett, Ph.D., Director, ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder Vice President: Marco Aieta, Ph.D., Partner, Carollo Engineering Joseph “Bud� Ahearn, Vice Chairman, CH2M Hill Bernard Amadei, Ph.D., Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder Peter Bosscher, Ph.D., Professor of Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison Paul Brandt-Rauf, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University Kenneth Farr, Chief Financial Officer, Premier Medical Group and CFO, EWB-USA Bruce Grant, Founder, The Estes Group LLC Dan Harpstead, Past President, ASFE Cathy Leslie, P.E., Senior Engineering Manager, Tetra Tech RMC and Executive Director, EWB-USA Micki Marshall, P.E., ASME Representative Larry Roth, Deputy Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers David Stewart, President and CEO, Stewart Environmental Consultants Andrea Stancliff, P.E., Larsen Consulting Group; West Coast Region Professional Representative Diane E. Tate, Program Manager, CDR Associates, Inc. Bob Walker, Executive Director, UniBell PVC Pipe Association William Wallace, President, Wallace Futures Group, LLC Kelly Wilson, Student, Oregon State University; West Coast Region Student Representative Special Adviser to the Board: John Shinn, Senior Staff Adviser, Global Issues, Chevron Texaco




With increased donations and grant support, EWB-USA increased staffing in the areas of Project Management, Chapter and Membership Services, and Administrative Support. Meet some of the people who keep EWB-USA running.



Cathy Leslie, Executive Director. Cathy has been a Civil Engineering Manager at Tetra Tech RMC, an engineering consulting firm located in Longmont, Colorado, in addition to her responsibilities in overseeing EWB-USA. Cathy received a BSCE degree from Michigan Technological University in 1983, and began her work in developing countries as a Peace Corps Volunteer stationed in Nepal where she developed solutions related to drinking water and sanitation projects. Cathy's technical interest lies in creating solutions for engineering projects which integrate the needs of the client along with the sustainable needs of the environment. Gina Earles, Managing Director. Gina’s background in economic development, strategic planning, marketing and banking has brought incredible benefit to EWB-USA since she joined us in 2007 to oversee communications, public relations, development and financial planning. Gina received her B.A. from Northwestern University and M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Dianne Shanks, Outreach Director. Dianne has managed EWB-USA’s special events, public relations, and fundraising since 2002. Dianne is a long time advocate of sustainable development practices and appropriate technology, and has an extensive background in planning large special events and conferences. Heidi Dormody, Development Director. Heidi joined EWB-USA in 2007 as a Development Consultant and now works as Development Director. She worked previously as a Development Officer for the University of Colorado Foundation and specifically the College of Engineering at CU. She has also worked in human relations, event planning, and as a high-end tour guide, visiting all seven continents and over 75 countries in four years. Ann Geesaman, Executive Assistant and Membership Coordinator. Ann came to us in 2004 from the University of Colorado School of Engineering, where she worked as an executive assistant for 30 years. A Colorado native, Ann is highly familiar with the Boulder/Longmont community.

Meg VanSciver, Senior Project Manager. Meg earned her Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado – Boulder in Spring 2005. Prior to that she worked as a Senior Engineer at Universal Solutions, Inc. and served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania. MJ Jones, Project Manager. MJ earned her bachelor’s in civil engineering from Colorado State University, where she participated in the EWB-USA chapter. Tracy Beavers, Chapters Coordinator. Tracy joined EWB-USA in August 2006 after 6 years at home with her three children. Prior to that, Tracy oversaw international sales at Case Logic, Inc. With over 15 years working in sales and customer service, Tracy brings energy and experience to her role at EWB-USA. Tammy Wergin, Project Coordinator. Tammy is a Colorado native who graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a degree in Communication. After joining EWB-USA in February 2007 as Conference Liaison, she moved to the Project Management team. Tammy is a trained mediator who uses her skills at work and at home with her three daughters. Colleen O’Holleran, Project Coordinator. Colleen is a Master's Degree Candidate in Sustainable Development at the School for International Training. Her background is in human ecology and applied anthropology, and she has worked and volunteered in Guatemala, Mexico, and Morocco. Colleen joined EWB-USA in August 2007. Zoe Kircos, Grants Coordinator. Zoe has over eight years of experience writing grants for non-profit organizations, and has been working with EWB-USA since 2003. She is an experienced mediator, facilitator and trainer in communication skills as well as non-adversarial communication.

Carole Johns, Accounts Manager. Carole was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. metro area, came to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder and never left. She worked in local government for 19 years before joining the EWB-USA staff in 2005.




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Chapter MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY HOUGHTON, MICHIGAN (EWB-MTU) The Communities: Fronterizo and Nueva Libertad, two remote communities comprised of 300 refugees who returned to their country after the signing of the Guatemalan peace accords in 1996.

The Problem: The residents relied upon 10 shallow hand dug wells to meet their water needs. During low precipitation years many of these sources dried up completely. Farm animals and open pit latrines in surrounding homes contributed to surface contamination. Water was treated by boiling, requiring time and firewood, and leading to increased deforestation as well as higher levels of indoor air pollution.

The Partners: Copper Country Guatemala Accompaniment Project (CCGAP), an NGO based in

the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, has been working with Fronterizo since it was founded in 1995. They have developed a relationship with the villages that goes far beyond what we could develop during our relatively short visits. By working with the Executive Director of CCGAP, Sue Ellen Kingsley, we have gained insight into many of the historical, cultural, and logistical issues related to our project. Sue Ellen was a key member of our team during the implementation trip, and much of what we accomplished would have been impossible without her help. This collaboration will also aid us in monitoring the project after its completion, since CCGAP makes yearly visits to the area. We were fortunate to have a Guatemalan PhD student on our project team at Michigan Tech. He was an invaluable resource, providing us with contacts within Guatemala and advice on logistics. We also collaborated with Scientific and Technical Communications students at our university, who created hygiene education materials for the children.

The Response: After working with the community to review the various options, EWB-MTU trav-

eled to Fronterizo and Nueva Libertad in March 2007 to install two hand-dug wells to supply the villages with clean drinking water. The wells were constructed of concrete, which served both as a lining and as protection from collapse during the digging process. Measures were taken to ensure that contaminated surface water was not able to enter the wells. In addition to well construction, EWB-MTU also focused on community education. For the children, this took the form of hygiene education in school classrooms. Using interactive activities, the project team discussed how hand-washing, covering food, boiling water, and always using a latrine can help to prevent disease transmission. For the adults, the team concentrated on providing training in well construction as well as pump installation and maintenance.

The Result: The project team met their goals of providing clean drinking water for two communities, developing a working relationship with the community members, and completing their first project from assessment through implementation.



2007 Annual International

COnference Bringing Resources Together

to Build Vital Communities April 12-14, 2007 University of Massachusetts-Amherst The 2007 EWB-USA Annual International Conference was an incredible success, bringing together noted speakers, sponsors, and student and professional members from across the country. The theme, “Bringing Resources Together to Build Vital Communities,” focused on new concepts, technologies and long-range planning processes for strengthening worldwide collaborative efforts to improve quality of life in developing communities. Speakers and panelists addressed issues around combining public health issues with engineering solutions, linking resources in world community service learning, and considering the impact of ethnographic issues, economics, and education when developing effective long-term planning and implementation plans. Christopher Flavin, president of the World Watch Institute, delivered the opening keynote on “Upcoming and Innovative Trends in Development of Global Sustainability.” Dr. Paul Brandt-Rauf from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health gave the final conference presentation on “The Global Challenge of Sustainable Development: Public Health Engineering Without Borders: Bangladesh Case Study.” Dr. John Bennett, president of the EWB-USA Board of Directors, closed the conference as plenary speaker with a thoughtful and inspiring address asking “What’s Next?” of EWB-USA members and supporters.



IEEE sponsored the following achievement awards: International Achievement Award: Johns Hopkins University Chapter Domestic Humanitarian Award: Greater New Orleans Professional Chapter Education Award: Princeton University Chapter Appropriate Technology Award: Duke University Chapter Collaboration Award: SUNY Binghamton Chapter Sustainable Technology Award: Rice University Chapter

EWB-USA was delighted to present the Founders Award to: Daniel Garbely Penny Bennett, on behalf of BoldeReach, gave the BoldeReach Award to: University of California-Santa Barbara, Araypallpa, Peru Project Photo Contest: • • •

3rd Place - $100 – Job Site – Stevens Institute of Technology 2nd Place - $300 – Sawing With Boy – Submitted by Jessica Lipscomb from Rose-Hulman from Obadan, Ghana – building a chicken coop 1st Place - $500 – Woman by Tap – Submitted by Johns Hopkins for their South Africa 2006 project




Sponsored by ASME: Evan Miles Douglas Van Bossuyt Carl Moen Jason Fields Africa McGovern Columbia Mishra Branko Kerzic

EWB-OSU EWB-OSU Oregon State University Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas Tech Univ. of Florida

Sponsored by ASCE:

Shawna Von Stockhausen Cal Poly-SLO Laura Langdon NAU Constantine Kontokosta Columbia Marvell Banks University of Arkansas Julie Jones University of Arkansas Steven Ward University of Arkansas Francis Zurek University of Illinois - Chicago David Gasperino University of Minnesota, MPLS Sarah Ness University of Maryland - Collega Park Robert Nystron University of Central FL Many thanks to CH2M Hill for generously sponsoring our international guest, Claes Helgesson

Special Recognition

San Francisco Professional Partners – This professional chapter was formed early on and have since grown to be a very active chapter which has provided assistance to the national staff. Not only do they have a full complement of projects, but they also have created an Appropriate Technology committee and are working on efficient cook stoves for Darfur but they have also assisted us with the development of the new website, are working on our overall financial policies, and have generally kept us on our toes. Finally, this conference could not have been possible without generous contributions from the following sponsors: American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, BoldeReach, CH2M Hill, IEEE, School for International Training, TetraTech, PVC Unibell‌and of course, our generous host, The University of Massachusetts-Amherst.



2006 Regional Workshops

EWB-USA Regional Workshops provided a terrific way for chapters within the region to meet, network and learn from each other over a single weekend of intensive trainings, speakers and hands-on learning experiences. In 2006, EWB-USA sponsored four workshops:

September 29-October 1

Columbia University, New York, NY, 100 attendees

September 29

Awareness Building Event at Jin Fong, 70 attendees

October 13-15

UC-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, 140 attendees

October 20-22

Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 70 attendees

November 3-5

Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, 85 attendees



EWB-USA National Sponsors

EWB-USA appreciates the generous support of our national sponsors:



American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society of Mechanical Engineers


URS Washington Division



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