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Engineers Without Borders-Lehigh Valley Professional Chapter is involved with many international projects throughout the world. We participate with many chapters throughout the U.S. We collaborate with global communities to satisfy the needs that they deem as necessary for the growth and sustainability of their community.
When we assist these communities, we offer a lot more than blueprints. We develop relationships and partnerships. Our efforts span farther than building latrines for these communities. We give them the necessary knowledge to build latrines and we equip them with the proper instruction on how to maintain them.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is committed to hundreds of partnering communities. Our mission is to provide communities with community-driven projects that result in permanent infrastructure solutions. Our team is made up of volunteers and community members that vary in background and experiences. Together, we can promote leadership opportunities and educational resources that are not found in academic settings.
The International Projects that we oversee are approved by the Engineers Without Borders USA’s (EWB-USA) International Community Program staff of engineers. This process ensures that the project meets the needs of the community that we are partnering with.
All projects prioritize health and safety including the risk of international travel and the implementation of an infrastructure in remote areas of the world.
We understand that the needs of one community may not meet the needs of another. When it comes to sanitation, potable water, or other basic necessities, we provide unique solutions that specifically cater to that community. Culture, geography, and the politics of a community take part as part in deciphering the appropriate engineering solutions. Taking these variables into consideration ensure that the project efforts those that last.
Projects that involve water supply cover water sources, storage, water treatment solutions, and the appropriate distribution of water for community members. Wells, rainwater storage, tanks, spring boxes, and filtration are some of the projects that we work on.
Projects like these help improve the infrastructure of these communities. They include the building of roads, drainage systems, and erosion control, to name a few.
Some of the projects that we address involve sanitation. We help find waste solutions such as latrines. We also help build gray and black water systems.
These projects consist of meeting the full potential of the farming needs for communities. These projects cover irrigation, production, and harvesting techniques.
Projects that cover energy involve implementing ways to meet consistent and sustainable energy sources for communities. Energy sources involve biofuels, cookstoves, and electricity. Electrical needs can come from solar energy, hydro energy, or grid power.
The EWB also helps with structures that help the community. We help build bridges, buildings, and more. We ensure that all of the structures have a solid and strong foundation. These structures help community members have access to medical attention, economic opportunities, and educational resources.
This project is to provide safe drinking water and sanitation for the boarding school at Centennial Secondary School. The project involves assessing the water supply options and available resources; collaborating with stakeholders to identify community needs; developing an appropriate, sustainable water and sanitation system design; planning and supervising construction; and training construction, operation, and maintenance workers. In addition, the team will provide consultation to help the school integrate the project into the education of students and the community.