Friday, December 3, 2010

Engineers Without Borders

EWB Canada describes their mission as the following:
"Engineers Without Borders" creates opportunities for rural Africans to access clean water, generate an income from small farms, and have improved access to the services and infrastructure they need to improve their lives. We harness the problem-solving approach and creative pragmatism of the Canadian engineering sector to address the root causes of poverty in rural Africa."

While not personally involved with EWB, I am delighted to see that a former classmate of mine is. Wayne Miranda has been living in Ghana since graduation in 2008. While passing on the traditional road a graduate might take, Wayne has chosen a career more noble. Wayne works closely with farmers and politicians alike, trying to bridge the gap between their two worlds and develop sustainable programs that will one day alleviate the chronic poverty that persists in the region.

EWB Canada has recently started a campaign called "The Perspectives Challenge" that aims to raise both funds and awareness. It began on November 15th and will run until December 31st. One important thing to note is that 87 cents of every dollar raised go directly to the programs in Canada and Africa. You can read Wayne's Perspective here, it is both fascinating and admirable. It's people like Wayne and organizations like EWB that make our world a better place. Support Engineers Without Borders. Please donate today.

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