Engineers Without Borders USA

EWB-USA builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. Our vision is a world in which every community has the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs.

EWB-USA forms genuine, long-lasting partnerships with those requesting our services. Together, we identify and implement appropriate solutions that communities and partners are equipped to maintain for years to come. We respond to requests for engineering support through three programs: the International Community Program, the Engineering Service Corps, and the Community Engineering Corps.

Projects in our International Community Program utilize EWB-USA volunteers’ support for the project’s full life cycle, from assessment to implementation to monitoring and evaluation. These projects typically work within individual communities, and range in scope and duration. Our Engineering Service Corps offers the expertise of our most seasoned volunteers to organizations in the international development sector. We respond to requests for engineering project support from humanitarian organizations and other institutions who lack the necessary technical resources to address the engineering challenges facing the world’s most vulnerable populations. Focus areas of expertise are in disaster response, infrastructure, agriculture, energy, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Finally, in the United States, the Community Engineering Corps, our partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Water Works Association, lends volunteers’ technical expertise to communities that
are otherwise unable to retain or afford engineering services.


EWB-USA currently provides technical support to numerous humanitarian agencies in implementing their energy projects through our Engineering Service Corps (ESC) program. We have significant knowledge and experience in implementing fuel and energy projects, and other technical projects, all around the world with a variety of humanitarian organizations, individual communities, and other partners. We wish to share our knowledge and expertise with the members of the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group and the sector at large in order to order to improve the practical delivery of fuel and energy projects and programs in humanitarian settings. We also wish to stay informed of concerns, gaps, trends, or needs in the sector so that we can best support our partners and clients.


EWB-USA is a technical organization that implements, and supports the implementation of, engineering and technical projects in humanitarian and low-to-middle-income environments. Our past and current work includes 60+ energy projects, including but not limited to solar photovoltaic and solar hot water systems, rural electrification and mini-grids, biogas, solar lighting, cooking fuels and fuel alternatives, energy in building design, and energy efficiency in mechanical and electrical systems. In addition to implementation and design, we also conduct technical training and capacity-building for energy systems design and maintenance in humanitarian and low-to-middle-income settings.


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