USC's chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USC) is conducting a water system renovation project in Antigua, Guatemala with Common Hope, a non-governmental organization committed to improving education, health, and development in Guatemala. Common Hope cannot currently provide the basic necessity of clean water to the 17 communities they directly impact due to contamination in their only water well.
This past summer three members of our team and two professional engineers conducted an assessment trip, and we found safety hazards in the electrical system, corrosion in the well, and contamination from sediment. We are currently working on designs to combat these issues and plan on having our first implementation trip in the summer of 2017.
Additionally, during our assessment trip, we were fortunate enough to join Common Hope on social work visits to the families they support. Through this experience we learned how heavily the communities rely on Common Hope’s campus, health clinic, and academic support and were able to see first-hand how necessary and impactful our project really is.
EWB-USC’s mission is to partner with rural communities worldwide in order to help them meet their basic human needs. Our goal is to design and implement environmentally sustainable, equitable, and economical engineering projects, while giving student members a chance to expand their global perspectives.
We give students the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge outside the scope of professional practice. Furthermore, we strive to develop strong leadership skills in our members in an effort to produce effective leaders working for a meaningful purpose.
Currently, we are in need of funds for this vital undertaking; Antigua and its surrounding areas have vastly underserved populations that deserve clean water. Please help us reach our fundraising goal in order to help these communities!