Engineers Without Borders
EWB-KU is a student group at the University of Kansas committed to the growth of students through developing and assisting communities, both locally and internationally. After its founding in the fall of 2008, the members of EWB KU decided to help fill a need for sustainable sanitation in the rural Bolivian community of Azacilo. Now in our fifth year, the KU chapter of the Engineers Without Borders USA has expanded its service around the nation and in Bolivia.
Our first sanitation project in Azacilo has branched into two more projects as our time in Azacilo has continued. In addition to the implementation of Latrines, our students will be aiding the community with building shower facilities and new clean water infrastructure during their travel to Bolivia during this upcoming summer. We are also beginning a project in a neighboring Bolivian community called Colani. This is a sanitation project that is very similar to the project we are currently wrapping up in Azacilo.
As a part of our chapter, students travel annually to several other states to volunteer with rebuilding efforts at sites of natural catastrophe. These projects have included trips to Joplin, Missouri, and Moore, Oklahoma, over fall break to assist in rebuilding efforts that are still in full swing in the wake of their tornado disasters. Our students also annually travel to the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana, to help rebuild and restore homes after they were destroyed or abandoned in the course of Hurricane Katrina.
2017-2018 Academic Year