WWU's Engineers Without Borders Awarded Grant

Funds will go toward improving school in Honduras

By: Becky St. Clair

Two participants in last year's assessment trip to Honduras collect soil samples. EWB-WWU will complete their project at this elementary school in three phases.

Walla Walla University’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) was recently awarded a $5,000 grant.  The competitive application process yielded several grants, among them the $5,000 grant given to EWB-WWU by the Goldman fund through EWB National.

The funds are available for travel, materials, or logistics related to EWB projects.  Currently, EWB-WWU is working on a project to improve the grounds of an elementary school in Luis Garcia, Honduras.  The group will use the money when they travel to Honduras in September to start the first of three building phases.

“We felt we had a real need for the money,” says Nelson, “but so do a few hundred other EWB chapters around the country.”  Nelson is the faculty sponsor for EWB-WWU.

On the trip in September, EWB-WWU will be building two classrooms, a water tower, a security wall, and a septic diversion channel.  Up to eight people, including EWB-WWU president John Hawkins and engineering professors Curt Nelson and Louie Yaw, will participate in the September trip.

“It may have been our focus on elementary education and providing facilities for the children of Luis Garcia that was a real asset to the committee’s decision to grant us the funds,” speculates Nelson.  “We were surprised but pleased to learn we had been chosen.”

In April, EWB-WWU is hosting its first fundraiser aimed at earning more funds for the Luis Garcia elementary school project.  The 2009 Hope for Honduras Spring Gala will take place April 26.  For more information, click the link below.

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