About EWB

Stumbling home exactly four years ago, a little disoriented from my last engineering class of the day, I came across this eye catching display board beckoning me in with the words, Engineers Without Borders. Being dismayed from all of the first year engineering courses, I decided that this “something” was potentially what I was looking for: a way to balance engineering number crunching, facts and figures, probability and statistics, dynamics and physics with something a little more, human.

I haven’t looked back since that day.

Engineers Without Borders believes in helping people in developing communities gain access to technologies that will improve their lives. EWB believes that technology, when appropriately incorporated into each community’s social, cultural, economic and political context, can drive extraordinary change.

They focus on three main areas:

  • Partnering with developing communities to help build the capacity of their technical sector
  • Raising awareness among Canadians about how they can make decisions that positively impact communities overseas
  • Encouraging the Canadian government to become a model global citizen by taking on a leadership role in poverty alleviation

As you may or may not know, I’m going to Malawi from May – Sept as a Junior Fellow (short term overseas volunteer) with Engineers Without Borders (www.ewb.ca), whom I’ve been volunteering for almost 4 years now. The reason why I joined EWB was because I felt a responsibility that we should be doing something to improve the status of the world as a whole because we have the opportunity and the freedom to do so. I decided to dedicate the majority of my time to this organization because of the following reasons:

1. They’re a young, dynamic organization that engages people to think and to act in a socially conscious manner. The members have so much of a can-do attitude that it’s really refreshing.

2. They’re impact focused – instead of providing once in a lifetime things (like goats, water wells, roads, bridges), we work together with local organizations to build capacity and focus on transferring knowledge and skills to these organizations so that when we leave, the work they do is sustained. We focus on sustainable development, which I believe to be key in helping people work their way out of extreme poverty

3. The people are amazing. I can’t stress that enough that EWB attracts amazing young individuals. It’s magnetic and the energy that we emit when we congregate is phenomenal. So positive and so willing to learn!

Please visit http://www.ewb.ca to learn more about the organization.


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