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 Working With Engineers Without Borders
 Introduction to EWB
Engineers without Borders Australia and New Zealand (EWB) are not-for-profit organisations with over 4,500 members across Australia and
New Zealand. EWB brings together engineering students, young graduates, experienced professionals and non-engineers as a team to tackle the
issues of sustainable development and help address basic, small scale engineering problems faced by many people in need.
EWB’s vision is of a world where every individual and community has adequate access to the resources, knowledge and technology necessary to
meet their self-defined human needs. To achieve our vision, EWB members and volunteers work in partnership with disadvantaged and developing
communities in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, assisting them to improve their livelihoods. EWB provide solutions that will ensure the community
it works with will become self-sustainable for the current and future generations.
The EWB Challenge is a vehicle that contributes to EWB’s work with disadvantaged communities. Students have the opportunity to make a difference
through real projects for sustainable human development.
 EWB’s work with disadvantaged communities
EWB has partnerships with disadvantaged communities throughout the world. At any one time, there are approximately twenty volunteer’s abroad
working in these communities, assisting them with gaining access to the knowledge, resources and appropriate technologies they need to improve
their livelihood. These volunteers work in a range of different projects. Designing a photovoltaic (PV) training program for remote Nepal, an e-Education
centre project, and developing hybrid (solar/diesel or hydro/diesel) power systems and solar powered water purification project are just some of the
examples of the wonderful achievements of the EWB team.
Together with its partners in the community, EWB strives to:
• Facilitate meaningful and lasting change through excellent development practices.
• Engage individuals and organisations in community development by creating and promoting diverse opportunities for them to contribute
• Improve development engineering practices by bringing together the development and engineering sectors and sharing our knowledge
• Inspire, educate and train a community of advocates and leaders in development through creative and engaging initiatives.
• Act with integrity; upholding our values of community, sustainability, quality and respect in our governance, operations,
relationships and culture.
 EWB’s past work around the world
Currently EWB Australia works in nine countries including our own, through initiatives with Australia’s indigenous communities. EWB New Zealand
works in New Zealand and the South Pacific region. The mission for EWB is to work proudly with local organisations to improve the quality of life of
the poor and disadvantaged through education and sustainable engineering projects. Through these projects the engineering profession and these
communities build strong relationships through bidirectional sharing of knowledge and cultures.
Our knowledge base is continually expanded upon by building on the knowledge and experience obtained in past undertakings. This is achieved by
connecting returned volunteers with new EWB volunteers, our corporate partners and to schools and universities. The connection between corporate
partners will enable our corporate partners to understand how they can effectively engage with a community and take responsibility for making a
contribution in this space.
Students who participate in the 2011 EWB Challenge are contributing to EWB’s involvement in India. The champion team will have the opportunity
to visit the site of the EWB Challenge and work on the further development of their design project. Once the EWB Challenge is complete students will
have the opportunity to participate in a number of EWB programs and activities including but not limited to:
• Local chapter coordination and events
• Undergraduate thesis program (final year students)
• EWB innovators program
• Development education and leadership experiences
• Local project support teams for overseas volunteer placements
• National knowledge hubs
 Past Projects in India
EWB has worked in partnership with local not-for-profit organisations in India to improve the lives of the people in the communities.
 Uluru Children’s Home
The 2007 EWB Challenge focused on the sustainable development of the Uluru Children’s Home, an orphanage located in Alamparai in the southern
Indian state of Tamil Nadu. In collaboration with the East-West Overseas Aid Foundation, the challenge involved expanding the facilities of the Uluru
children home needed to accommodate an increase in the number of orphans.
EWB also worked in partnership with East-West Overseas Aid Foundation on the Water Audit for the Uluru Children’s Home. This involved water quality
testing on the bore water used for drinking and the tabling of a proposal for a rainwater tank to provide drinking water at the home. Potential sustainable
water treatment and supply alternatives were also evaluated in the local context with http://ukthesiss.com/Thesis_Tips/cglxlw/ a view to replace or augment current sources where beneficial
and practical. An equivalent electrical audit was also conducted that looked at sustainable energy options for Uluru Children’s Home and Health Care
Model Rural Community GIS Project
Working together with Pitchandikulam Forest, EWB helped to develop a community geographical information system in rural India. The project aimed
to contribute to the cultural and social revitalisation of the region, and improve the ability of rural villages to control their planning and development.
 Partnership with EWB
The EWB-Pitchandikulam Forest partnership is a mutually beneficial one. EWB works collaboratively with Pitchandikulam Forest as an engineering
representative of the community. Pitchandikulam provides exchange activities for EWB volunteers to assist with community development and
EWB’s partnership with Pitchandikulam Forest will provide the opportunity to pioneer innovative, sustainable and culturally restorative projects
within the community. EWB hopes that this partnership will not only provide interesting projects with real and deliverable outcomes that yield
visible progress, but also culturally enrich its members. As a result of this partnership, EWB hopes members will be enthused, inspired and have an
understanding of the problems faced in developing countries.
Most importantly, EWB intends for this partnership to establish a long term relationship with the Pitchandikulam Forest to ensure that both organisations
can benefit each other over a long period of time.

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