Engineers Without Borders UMKC
WHO ARE WE?
EWB-UMKC is a student-lead philanthropic organization that works in tandem with professionals to provide life-changing engineering services to less fortunate populations around the world and to provide an outlet for students to become responsible leaders and and compassionate engineers.
OUR INTERNATIONAL PROJECT
EWB-UMKC is currently working to provide clean water for the agricultural community of El Vallecito in Panama. El Vallecito is a remote community of over 500 residents, mostly subsistence farmers, who are without access to electricity, roads, and clean drinking water. Due to the lack of a functioning municipal water supply, residents have been forced to drink from their only two water sources - either from a river contaminated by decades of dangerous agricultural waste run-off, and for the lucky few who can afford it, from an untreated and contaminated pre-existing water distribution system. This has led to an especially high incidence of severe waterborne illnesses particularly among the young children and elderly. Our chapter is working hard with the community to design and build a clean water supply for El Vallecito, so that safe reliable drinking water is the norm rather than a distant luxury.
OUR LOCAL PROJECTS
EWB-UMKC is committed to giving back to the local community in addition to our endeavors abroad. Our most recent project was through a local volunteer organization called Christmas In October, where twenty of our student members helped a disabled veteran renovate and prepare his home for the upcoming winter season. EWB-UMKC also regularly partners with the local Harvesters organization to provide food and other day-to-day necessities for the less fortunate members of our local community.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Right now, EWB-UMKC is seeking to close a significant shortfall in funding and we are reaching out to you for help. Your generous tax-deductible donation will go towards our summer 2015 trip to help with materials, supplies and expenses. Right now, we have a student assessment team this January 2015 where the students are gathering GIS data, mapping out possible pipe routes, and locating alternative water spring sources. Upon returning back to Kansas City, the student members, along with our professional mentors from local engineering firms, will begin the design phase of the project. Thank you for your help in making this a reality!