Water related diseases affect more than 1.5 billion people every year.
Diarrheal disease is the third leading cause of death among children under five. The world Health Organization estimates that more than 340000 children under five die annually from diarrheal diseases due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or unsafe drinking water – that is almost 1000 per day.
Statistics gathered from the World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program (JMP). (2015)
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) began with an idea: Connect a developing community with specific infrastructure needs to engineers who can partner with the community to design and build a sustainable solution. Our objective is to empower the communities we serve with the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs such as access to potable water, sanitation, and electricity. EWB supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. We have a minimum 5 year commitment with each community. The community is the driving force in each partnership; the community identifies and prioritizes their needs and then works with EWB to create a unique design that is the safest, most sustainable, and viable for their situation.
Today EWB boasts more than 15,900 dedicated volunteer members who have positively impacted more than 2.5 million lives around the world. Our members are not just engineers; we are homemakers, business professionals, architects, surveyors, academics, and innovators.
The EWB program has a lasting impact on members by helping to develop enriched global perspectives through the innovative professional educational opportunities. To find out more about the impact EWB has made see our testimonials.