Types of Projects
The scope of projects conducted by EWB-USA includes a diverse range from construction of a bridge to the implementation of water filtration systems.
Only technologies that are determined to be a solution for a community’s identified need are implemented. Both the chapter and the community provide equal input in the project process especially including implementation. The community must have the financial, technical, labor, and material resources available to operate and maintain the installed facilities without outside assistance to ensure the sustainability of the project by the community in the long-term.
The Minnesota Professional Chapter has historically focused on water projects, although due to membership interests and experience, the chapter is willing and open to expanding to other project types.
These seven project types aim to holistically address the breadth of a community’s needs:
Many of the past projects initiated by the University of Minnesota Student Chapter and the Minnesota Professional Chapter have turned into ‘programs’ where the first project allows the Chapter to identify and address additional needs in the same locale once ties between the chapter, community members, and local non-governmental organizations are established.
Measures of Impact
The overarching goal is that the community’s identified need aligns with the project outcome, and that all members of the partner community will have an improved quality of life post implementation. To ensure this goal is met, we continually measure our impact on the community both before, during, and after a project is complete.
El Salvador Project
New Project Adoption In El Salvador
The Professional Chapter has adopted a new project from one of the local student chapters. This project involves modifying an existing system to provide 24-hour water service to Santa Rosa Senca a mountaintop community of 1,200. For more details please contact Sam Stoffels at Stoffels88@gmail.com
Professional Project Opportunity in Honduras!
We have recently been accepted to work on a project in Honduras! The project is a water distribution and source project for the community of Milla Tres in the Honduran Department of Cortes. To learn more, check out the Milla Tres project page! If you have interest in being involved, please contact Kellen O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org.