Welcome to the home of CU-EWB Uganda Program!
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) USA 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. Founded in 2004, Columbia University's student chapter follows this mission by working on sustainable engineering projects in Ghana, Morocco, and Uganda.
The Uganda Program is focused on implementing a renewable energy micro-grid in the rural community of Otubet, Uganda. This project began after a meeting with Professor Vijay Modi of the Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia’s Earth Institute. In his own research on sustainable energy, Professor Modi utilizes a software and hardware solution to the problem of distributing affordable electricity to people in agricultural communities. The model will give people a more economic solution than expensive monthly payments that may not account for variation in usage.
Otubet was selected after their incredible results with CU-EWB’s previous project installing agricultural processors. The community of Otubet is highly organized and motivated for success, having previously leveraged community resources for projects with CU-EWB, other NGOs, and community-based organizations. Both the team and the community members are excited to continue building our relationship and begin a very useful project implementation.
Currently, the community has no access to an electrical grid in private or public spaces. Our goal is to electrify schools, health centers, and businesses in Otubet. Through renewable solar energy, these entities will be able to provide higher quality, expanded services - including healthcare, education, and more - at lower costs.
Want to help? Support the CU-EWB Uganda Program by making a tax-deductible donation to our team.
For millions of people in rural Uganda, living without access to electricity is a dangerous reality. The CU-EWB Uganda Program is taking steps towards changing this reality -- one light bulb at a time, one community at a time.
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