About Our Chapter
EWB Ole Miss was founded in 2007, and our mission has not changed since then. We want to do our part to help make this world better. To accomplish this, we have biweekly chapter meetings where we break into teams and plan chapter events throughout the semester. We are currently planning fundraising events and local projects to increase member involvement.
EWB-USA builds a better world through engineering projects. These projects empower communities to meet their basic human needs and to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.
EWB-USA’s vision is a world in which every community has the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs.
In 2007, EWB Ole Miss made a 5-10 year commitment to aid the Hedome Village of Togo. Since that commitment, we have built a sturdy two room schoolhouse, which was completed in 2014, and drilled a desperately needed 250 meter deep water well, which was completed in 2017. The schoolhouse contains three classrooms that hold about 40 students each, and the well provides clean drinking water for 20,000 Togolese citizens. The well also creates a vital fresh water source for a recently constructed children’s hospital in the area. This project was completed in 2018, and a new community was adopted.
Our current project is getting clean water to the community of 25 de Diciembre, Ecuador! This 600 person village faces clean water issues every day, a few being a lack of sufficient safe water for drinking and household uses, difficulty growing enough food to support the community, and poor sanitation that results in health challenges.
In order to combat these issues, we plan to implement a clean and safe water source, as well as add a more efficient water distribution system. We have made two assessment trips to Ecuador. On the first trip, students and faculty surveyed community members, began building a relationship with the community, and gathered information about the terrain. On the second trip, students and faculty met with the community, installed piezometers, and did geological surveys to plan for the implementation of a water distribution system. We are currently planning a third trip to begin implementation!