What is Engineers Without Borders?
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is an organization that strives to create systemic change by investing in people, ventures, and ideas for the goal of eliminating poverty. EWB seeks to accelerate Africa's development and to unlock the potential of its people by creating systematic change where needed. Combining passion and pragmatism, EWB works to address the root causes of the systems that allow poverty to persist.
Any new idea or venture begins with the bottom line of "Dorothy", a concept that reminds members of their most important stakeholder. "Dorothy" acts as a reminder to EWB members that they are working in the service of someone else.
Examples of EWB ventures include: WatSan in Malawi, Business Development Services in various African countries, and the AfriLEAD Institute based in Ghana. Ventures help unlock the potential of people living in poverty by developing leaders in the local communities that allow for sustainable change.
The proverb, "It Takes a Village", is a reminder to all of us at EWB that it takes a whole community to raise a child. It takes all of us involved, whether it is at a campus chapter or the national office, to achieve a world with no poverty and inequitable development.