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WHO WE ARE
Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to developing and implementing long-term sustainable engineering solutions in communities that lack access to basic needs. Chapters work in partnership with the community and local NGOs to identify the most appropriate solution that can be sustained long term by the community.
The UC Berkeley Engineers Without Borders chapter was founded in 2009, and we obtained our first project (the Peru Project) in 2011. We exist to bring together talented students – both engineers and non-engineers – to work towards a common goal of philanthropic engineering abroad. We strive for sustainability in all of its forms: ensuring our projects utilize materials from the community, and guaranteeing that the necessary infrastructure and community acceptance is present to sustain the project after its implementation. The EWB Berkeley model emphasizes working with the community – the project belongs to the community members and it is essential we work together throughout the process.
Our mission statement is:
The UC Berkeley Chapter of Engineers Without Borders works with diverse communities to develop sustainable engineering solutions that meet basic health and sanitation needs. By providing students of all backgrounds with hands-on experience, we bridge our community with others around the globe, fostering cultural awareness through social and technological innovation.
EWB projects are not just about the engineering. We welcome all students who are motivated and eager to serve. From building a social and cultural connection with a community, to putting together a comprehensive education program for the given technology we implement, we need students of all different majors and training.
Through our experiences innovating, traveling, and learning, our UC Berkeley EWB student group has become a tight-knit community within Berkeley.