Student Engineers Without Borders fundraise for international development projects

14 March 2014

The UCLU branch of Engineers Without Borders, who use their engineering skills to help international development worldwide, are currently fundraising for their 2014 projects. They plan a coast-to coast fundraising cycle as part of their efforts to generate the £40,000 they need for community projects ranging from sanitation provision for blind children in Ethiopia to income generation for slum communities in Brazil.

UCLU Engineers Without Borders on a project in Peru

Students working on a previous project to build houses in Peru

Run by students, the society seeks to facilitate human development through engineering. Every year students from UCL engineering and science disciplines learn about how engineering can help the world and provide sustainable assistance to communities through overseas work.

This year, 20 students will be biking across the UK to raise funds and are seeking £3,500 for bikes and logistical support for this gruelling journey. They hope that with the help of kind donations from crowdfunders and companies such as Deutsche Bank they can turn their pedal-pushing and sponsorship-gathering efforts into more money to help communities.

EWB UCLU Projects for 2014 include: 

  • Installation of an aquaponics system in Jardim de Gonzaga, Brazil, providing fresh food and employment through fish farming with rainwater.
  • Compost toilet block installation in a school for blind children in Mekelle, Ethiopia, with help from Mott MacDonald,
  • Rainwater harvesting system improvements and expansion in 10 communities around San Miguel de Allende, Mexico,
  • Sanitation marketing and sanitation-focused slum re-development in Nakuru, Kenya, and
  • Sustainable livelihoods and income generation in Palpa and Chnguillo, Peru.

The team are collecting donations on IndieGoGo and would really appreciate your help. Donate to help community development worldwide here, or find out more about EWB UCLU on their website.

Society President, Alexa Bruce, said:

“Once again, we are really looking forward to doing these projects, which we hope will bring sustainable improvements to all the communities involved. Our student members will learn many valuable lessons which will help them incorporate international development in their future engineering careers.”



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