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28Oct08 Engineers Chapter President Helps in Honduras

honduras project ewbJames Ciruccio, president of the Lehigh Valley Professionals Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA, traveled to Honduras recently to take part in a Lehigh University Chapter project.

The Lehigh Valley Professionals, a local chapter of the national organization, was formed earlier this year. They will soon select their own slate of projects to manage and support. But a number of chapter members have already supported efforts led by local student chapters. Both Lafayette College and Lehigh University have very active student chapters and the Lehigh Valley Professionals are engaged with both schools as mentors and advisors here in the Lehigh Valley and abroad.

“Engineers Without Borders-USA does quite a bit on the local and national levels,” Cirucci points out. “But there is certainly an emphasis on the international. Our chapter plans both U.S. and international projects. So it was very helpful for me to join a Lehigh University Chapter project in Central America to get a first-hand look at the opportunities and how our team might approach them.”

The Honduras effort involves the engineering and construction of a clean water system for the village of Pueblo Nuevo. Lehigh University has formed a relationship with this community and has been involved for several years developing this system which will include a new water storage, purification, and distribution system to ensure clean and safe water for 600 families.

Engineers Without Borders – USA (EWB) is a humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in the developing world. EWB volunteers partner with communities around the world to help meet their essential needs: clean water and sanitation, reliable energy, shelter, transportation, and education.

For more information, see the International Projects page

28Oct08 Engineers Active Locally as They Plan International Project

water needs for an ewb projectThe Lehigh Valley Professionals Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA is gearing up now to select its official projects, both U.S. and international. But its members have already been very active in local work.

The local chapter of the national group was formed earlier this year. They have spent the past several months organizing and preparing for the chapter’s own project. But that hasn’t stopped chapter members from getting involved.

For example, Emily Morgan pitched in on a community service project recently for America On Wheels, a non-profit transportation museum in Allentown. Daryl Callan joined a Habitat for Humanity building blitz in Bethlehem. And Dave Taschler, Glenn Wagner, and Bob Rice serve as mentors and teachers for the university chapters at Lehigh and Lafayette College.

“We expect to choose our own project soon,” John Cirucci says, “but we’re making an impact already. The readiness to join local efforts shows how enthusiastic our people are.”

Engineers Without Borders – USA (EWB) is a humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in the developing world. EWB volunteers partner with communities around the world to help meet their essential needs: clean water and sanitation, reliable energy, shelter, transportation, and education.

For more information, see the Local Projects page