EWB - Yale Student Chapter Website

Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. This partnership involves the implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.

Who We Are

Since our founding in 2004, EWB-Yale has been fortunate to work with communities in Honduras and Cameroon on projects improving water and sanitation systems. A registered undergraduate organization, we have students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, and extremely dedicated mentors, faculty advisors, alumni and collaborators on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2011, EWB-Yale was honored with a Premier Project reward from EWB-USA. Read the press release here.

EWB-Yale Starts a New Partnership in Naitolia, Tanzania

Aug. 07, 2017  For the next five years, the EWB Chapter at Yale will be working on a project in Naitolia Village in the Arusha Region of Tanzania, to improve the community’s access to clean water. Today, a team consisting of four undergraduates (Constance Lam, Patrick Hong, Madison Shankle and Annabelle Pan) and chapter mentors Dave Sacco and Prof. Jordan Peccia will leave for Tanzania on an assessment trip. Our goals are to better understand the current water problems in Naitolia and develop sustainable solutions to aid the community. Members of EWB-Yale will join with recent Yale School of Public Health graduate Laura Skrip, as well as Tula Ngasala, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering at Michigan State University and Naitolia community representative, to engage with community leaders and individuals in Naitolia to assess what can and should be done. We know from previous communication that the people of Naitolia rely on pond water for most of their household uses, including drinking and washing. However, due to heavy rain and erosion, the pond has filled substantially with sediment and does not hold as much water. We will focus this time on rehabilitating the pond, and then may consider additional improvements, such as protecting the pond from larger animals using fencing, building a system of taps to facilitate water procurement, or implementing a filtration system to remove harmful biomaterials from the drinking water.

Additionally, we will be conducting visits to local schools and clinics to evaluate the health situation in Naitolia with respect to water. Questions that we want to answer include: how frequently do people get sick due to contaminated water? How concerned are people with the safety and quantity of water they can access? What hygiene practices (such as handwashing) are being performed, and what more can be conveniently implemented in people’s lives?

During the trip, we will log our activities and findings daily. We have been planning for months, and are taking careful consideration of local customs and expectations, and our potential impacts on the community. We are incredibly excited to find out what we can do in Naitolia to improve the people’s access to clean water.

Roh, Cameroon: 2012-Present

EWB-Yale adopted the Roh project in 2012 with hopes of improving a gravity-fed water distribution system that was originally built in 2006 that will improve access to clean water and reduce the incidence of water-borne illness. A significant portion of this project focuses on health and health education. 

Visit our project page for Roh for more information

Read the Yale School of Engineering News Article.

Kikoo, Cameroon: 2006-2012

From 2006-2012, EWB-Yale worked with the community of Kikoo, Cameroon to construct a gravity-fed water distribution system to provide a consistent source of clean water, conducted post-implementation health surveys and education on waterborne diseases, and implemented further sanitation measures such as the installation of ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines.

Visit our project page for Kikoo

Read more about our previous work in Cameroon in the Yale Engineering Magazine.

Contact us or learn more about our team. We are always looking for sponsors to support us - every tax-deductible contribution helps.

EWB Newsletters:

EWB Newsletter Spring 2013

EWB Newsletter Spring 2010

EWB Newsletter Winter 2010


Blog

Building a Water Catchment in Cameroon

On the January 2016 trip to Cameroon, EWB Yale assessed a new spring source to bring additional water to the village of Roh.  After deeming the source to be suitable, we set out again in May 2016 to work with the villagers on building a catchment to collect the spring water (which would eventually be connected to the village’s water storage tank with pipes).

EWB-Yale January 2016 Assessment Trip

Three members of our EWB team traveled to Cameroon this winter to meet with the community of Roh to review progress and assess next steps for reinforcing the system’s supply of water during the end of the dry season. Water shortages and breaking taps were some of the issues that were raised. We are exploring the possibility of adding a new spring source to provide extra water during the dry season, which will involve building a water catchment (to collect rainwater that has seeped into the soil) and 2 kilometers of pipe (to transport this water into the community).