In late August, our EWB chapter sent a group of five students, one alumnus, and a faculty advisor to Rwanda to complete the implementation of a tile press and clay mixer with our community partners, the Nyange Tile Co-operative. The trip not only succeeded in its engineering endeavors, but also succeeded in expanding our perspectives, increasing our knowledge, and renewing our drive as we continue our partnership with the Co-op. The Rwandans we met inspired us with their staunch determination, entrepreneurial spirits, and welcoming hearts. In short, we:
We could not have traveled to Rwanda without the support of the following:
SCU School of Engineering
Rupert and Maryellie Johnson
Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Willem P. Roelandts and Maria Constantino-Roelandts
Dean Godfrey Mungal
PICO - International
We could not have gotten anywhere in Rwanda without the amazing:
John Rutsindintwarane and Innocent Rugaragu at PICO - Rwanda
This past Wednesday (May 25th) the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship hosted an Open House featuring all the projects supported by the organization. Our very own Engineers Without Borders had the pleasure of presenting our most recent projects, including the Rwanda Kiln and Tile Press Projects (pictured below). A big thank you to Mohit, DJ, Ben, and JJ for representing our club and an even bigger thank you to the Miller Center for helping make all this possible!
EWB-SCU is honored to be the 2016 “RSO of the Year” at Santa Clara University’s Bucky Awards! We are immensely grateful for our dedicated members, whose tireless efforts are the reason for our success. Again, we are deeply honored, and hope to continue to fulfill the EWB mission of building a better world.
As many know, our beloved faculty advisor, Fr. James Reites passed away last week in his sleep. Reites was a pivotal mentor in many of our student's lives, and it is surreal to think of him gone. But there is so much more to cherish than to dwell on. He taught us to go about the world as authentic human beings, with the wisdom of the aged, the vitality of the young, and the curiosity of a child. He left us with the deep sense of social responsibility with which he lived every day. I am grateful that we had the experience of working with him in the past year. Together, our teams laid the groundwork for great progress in Rwandan communities, and shared beautiful, lasting memories.
We are determined to continue pushing the shared PICO/EWB vision to improve Nyangean lives. Father Reites' legacy echoes on through this work, and it brings us deep joy to keep alive the projects we started.
Shine on, James. And we will too.
It was great to see all the prospective first years at preview day this past weekend! We appreciate you all for stopping by, and hope to see you soon in the fall!
A big thank you to everyone who attended our 4th Annual Networking Event on Thursday! The turnout this year was larger than any of the previous years, and a big success; with everyone’s help, we raised over $1300!
For those of you who couldn’t attend the event last night, we showcased the clay mixer, which will be delivered to Rwanda this summer by our travel team, as well as parts to our tile press. In addition, we presented our concepts for the kiln, our latest Rwanda project. We also debuted the new posters for our Jordan Project, Rwanda Kiln Project, and our Clay Mixer & Tile Press project (thank you to Kate and the Miller Center for help with these).
Again, a big thank you to everyone who attended for helping to make these projects a reality!
Mohit Nalavadi wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post about his experience in Rwanda this summer, and about how EWB has affected the way he sees his role in the world.
Read the original post here.
During our last visit to Honduras in the summer of 2012, our EWB student team presented a hygiene curriculum to the El Pital Water Board in a series of workshops. We recently learned that Un Mundo, our NGO contact, has taken the curriculum, along with EWB's hygiene video, and has presented it to ALL of the households in El Pital. This means that all the mothers in El Pital have received hygiene training. Congratulations El Pital! Read more about the project here.
Though the whole team isn't pictured, on May 8-9th the EWB officers traveled to Pinnacles National Park for our annual officer retreat. The retreat is an opportunity for new and returning elected members of the club to get to know each other and learn more about the club. We believe that having a close leadership team fosters a creative environment to express ideas and grow.
This is the Santa Clara Chapter of EWB's page for posting about upcoming meetings and events. Come here to see what we have been doing and what is to come!
Weekly Meetings: Even weeks, Wednesdays at 7:30pm in EC602