Ever try to go without clean drinking water?

Are you the person that around 6pm gets a feeling of hunger because you haven’t eaten in the last 5 hours?  Now try not being able to eat because the crops, which are grown year round and that the town survives on, don’t grow because there are periods of draught and periods of monsoons.  And, the village elders did the best they could to build an aqueduct bringing water from a nearby river.  And you thought your town had I&I problems with the sanitary system?  Try farming with an aqueduct that looses up to 50%.

Enter a relatively new organization called Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Their mission is to…

…. partner with developing communities to improve their quality of life through the implementation of environmentally sustainable, equitable, and economical engineering projects while developing internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.

In the September 2006 issue of CE News, there is a feature article telling how they provided a Thai village with a critical irrigation system.  This story repeats itself often throughout the world.  Please read it ( after you finish this of course 🙂 ).

I am sometimes befuddled by government review boards that pick at the size of a text label when the label is insignificant.  Furthermore, the insanity continues until they feel comfortable with the design.  Somewhere in the back of my mind, there is a saying that if God had to build the universe today, he would give up because of the bureaucracy (I’m sure I butchered that).

So how can you help?  Visit the website to get involved.  They use students and professionals to help these struggling places.  Maybe your University would like to start a local chapter or your Firm would like to become Sponsors.  If nothing else, at least tell someone else about how they can affect an entire village without Hillary Clinton.  😉



About Kevin
Hi… I am a husband, father, brother and neighbor. I am employed as a Civil Engineer and have enjoyed playing the drums for the last 30+ years.

One Response to Ever try to go without clean drinking water?

  1. urbanmike says:

    I’d totally forgotten about this organisation. While studying in Calgary, we had a very inspiring presentation about some of the projects that were being worked on through local students involved with EWB.

    I worked in the army for a few years as an engineer and wish that I could have been more invovled in these type of humanitarian and life improvement projects aroudn the world.

    Another organisation that is of interest is redR – http://www.redr.org/ which is a disaster relief engineering organisation.


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