Engineers Without Borders gala

Fundraising event to support EWB-WWU project in Japora, Peru

The Walla Walla University chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-WWU) will hold its annual spring fundraising gala on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Walla Walla Country Club. Proceeds from the gala will support the EWB-WWU 2016 summer project in Japora, Peru, which will bring electricity to the village that sits at 13,300 feet in the Peruvian Andes. Tickets for the gala are available until Monday, Feb. 22, at the EWB-WWU website for $50 for general seating or $25 for students.

The gala will feature an auction with items that include weekend vacation packages, artwork, genuine Peruvian handcrafted items, and more. At the gala, EWB-WWU student members will also share information about last year’s project to bring clean water to Pampa Chiri, Peru, and their project at the Walla Walla Children’s Museum. The EWB-WWU gala last year raised more than $18,000 for the Pampa Chiri project.

Engineers Without Borders is a nationwide non-profit organization consisting of professional and student chapters that use their engineering skills to help communities in need. The Walla Walla University chapter was founded seven years ago, starting with a project in Honduras. Recent projects have focused on work in Peru.

“A number of our EWB club members are non-engineers,” said Curt Nelson, EWB-WWU club sponsor and professor of engineering. “The club is open to all majors. We are always looking for interested staff and faculty members to join as well as students.”

To learn more about recent EWB-WWU projects and ways you can help, visit the EWB-WWU blog

Posted Feb. 10, 2016

Civil engineering student Josue Hernandez enjoys time with children in Peru during the 2015 EWB-WWU project.