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EWB-RPI is adding a new project!!!

We are happy to announce that the EWB RPI chapter has been approved for a sanitation project in Sasle, Nicaragua! We are looking forward to work with our next community. In addition,we will begin planning our first assessment trip this fall! Big thanks to our members, mentors, donors, and EWB national to make this all possible! We will be updating our progress in our project page!

WeR Gold is Here!

WeR Gold is here! Engineers Without Borders RPI is participating in the WeR Gold Alumni fundraiser.Visit the EWB-RPI project page here.
 With your help we can purchase supplies for our local project. More information about the local project can he found here.

“Engineers Without Borders is always trying to leave an impact around the world. Club members gain valuable experience and learn the steps required to develop tangible projects. I especially love this project because we are taking a step back from our ‘typical’ project type and working to support the community that all RPI students and alumni have called home.” — Brenna Buckley ’18, Aeronautical Engineering

Kingston Fundraiser 2016-Thank You!

Thank you for such a wonderful evening and thank you to those who donated to our cause. We would like to thank the Kingston YMCA, the Rensselaer Union, Paul Pagnozzi, and those who came as well as our sponsors for their significant contributions. You can find their names on our sponsors page.  The pictures below were taken at the Gala.

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2016 Implementation Trip

This past winter break five EWB-RPI members traveled to Panama to finish implementing a water treatment system on Isla Popa II. Upon arrival, we found the previously built rainwater catchment system in disrepair, an unexpected hurdle. With the limited amount of days we had to work, we repaired the system, installed a chlorination treatment system, and educated the community on how to use the new system and about the importance of water treatment. With the coming year, we hope to wrap up this six-year project successfully with one last trip to Isla Popa II.

 

The Polytechnic Press Release

This winter break, eight members of Rensselaer’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled to the remote island community of Isla Popa II on the Gulf coast of Panama to construct a sustainable source of clean drinking water. Without access to a reliable source of drinking water, the community’s 350 inhabitants use water collected from unsanitary rainwater collection systems for their daily needs. This water is contaminated with bacteria and is suspected to be responsible for various health problems within the community. While on the trip, Engineers Without Borders, also known as EWB, built a large-scale rainwater collection system in addition to constructing bio-sand filters to purify the collected water. This increased the community’s rainwater collection capacity and provided a treatment method to purify the water.

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