Engineers Without Borders South Central Florida Chapter

EWB-USA's mission is to support community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while fostering responsible leadership. The South Central Florida Professional Chapter of EWB-USA strictly adheres to this mission and works toward a world where all communities will have the capacity to satisfy their own basic human needs.
Nov 27, 2013

Travel Plans

We are in the process of planning our next trip to Corail Lamothe. We hope to install several sand filters within the community, check on the condition of the rain harvesting sytem, and install a solar suitcase in the church which also functions as a school.

Lots of paperwork and planning ahead.

We have also been trying to arrange a site visit with Global Givings representative in Haiti, Jenn Eason.

Some of our local contacts have changed but with recent conversations we are happy to report that the rain harvesting system is working well.

Thank you for your continued support!

Aug 13, 2013

Solar Suitcases

Solar Suitcase
Solar Suitcase

Last year we were contacted by a local college professor looking to partner with an organization that
could help find a home for a 12 VDC Solar Power System designed and constructed by her students.

We received our solar suitcase last month and we are so excited to deliver this system to the community of Corail Lamothe. The system is designed to be easy to install and easy to use and immediately operational. The system
will be installed in the church which also serves as the local school.

The solar suitcase provides overhead high-efficiency 12 volt DC lighting and rechargeable devices such as rechargeable batteries and mobile communication devices.

We cannot wait to share this wonderful piece of equipment with the community!



Jul 24, 2013

Taking Lessons from Honduras to Haiti

The EWB-SCFL chapter is pleased to be able to close its program of work with the community of Ocho de Octubre (a.k.a. Segovia), Honduras. After several years of partnership with the community, culminating with the construction of a water distribution system, it has become apparent that the community’s active partnership with the neighboring municipality of La Esparanza is yielding rapid improvement of the community’s infrastructure and will more effectively address the community’s future needs than can EWB-SCFL. 

Having designed, constructed, and conducted a one year follow up trip to assess the operation of the well, water tower, water distribution system, and pila projects, our chapter’s focus has been for most of the last two years on what other needs in the community could be addressed. The most pressing need is sanitation, followed by the need for electricity, garbage disposal, and possibly drainage improvements. The selection of sustainable technologies to address any of these needs, sanitation in particular, quickly proved problematic as it became increasingly clear that the community’s residents were simply too cosmopolitan to accept the relatively crude sanitation technologies within the reach of an EWB project. Combined with the ongoing destabilization of the political situation in Honduras (punctuated by the full withdrawal from the country by the U.S. Peace Corps, without whose assistance we could not have accomplished the projects to date), the loss of an active role from our in country NGO, the lack of a direct contact in the community to communicate with, and the realization that the community’s partnership with the neighboring municipality is yielding rapid results to address their needs, these factors have made it clear that the appropriate action for the EWB-SCFL chapter is to close our program in Ocho de Octubre and apply all of the lessons learned and remaining funds to our other program in Corail Lamothe, Haiti.

We would like to thank all of you that have contributed to our efforts, and the community of Ocho de Octbubre extends its gratitude for the life altering improvement that their water system has brought. We hope that as you look towards targeting your future giving that you will consider once again partnering with EWB-SCFL.

Sincerely,

Andrew D Eiland, Jr

President - Engineers Without Borders, South Central Florida Professionals chapter

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