University of Vermont

School of Engineering

Creating potable water overseas: Engineers Without Borders UVM Chapter to hold fundraiser

Release Date: 10-15-2007

Author: CEMS Communications

Imagine life without the guarantee of sanitary water and you will understand why UVM students from Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) have chosen to help the 40 households and 53 children in the community of San Diego outside Juigalpa, Nicaragua. Currently the community has only one well for water and uses a nearby river for toileting, causing citizens to suffer from diarrhea, malaria, dengue fever and malnutrition. The UVM Chapter of EWB-USA is hoping to survey the community of San Diego and devise a solution to supply fresh, clean water to every household.

Fundraiser banquet and raffle

To help fund this worthwhile project, the UVM Chapter will be holding a banquet on Thursday, December 6, 2007 in the Davis Center Livak Ballroom at 7 pm. Tickets are $35 for one guest, $60 for two guests.

Keynote Speaker William A. WallaceKeynote speaker William A. Wallace, founder and president of Wallace Futures Group, will address the issue of sustainability and international development. Wallace's book, Becoming Part of the Solution:The Engineer's Guide to Sustainable Development, has been labeled a "bestseller" by the American Council of Engineering Companies. Wallace chairs the International Federation of Consulting Engineers' (FIDIC) Sustainable Development Committee and is also the immediate past president of EWB-USA.

Also during the banquet, the winning ticket will be drawn in the raffle of an Old Town Dirigo 120 Kayak. The Dirigo 120 is great for the casual paddler out for a little relaxation, fitness and fun. Raffle tickets are $3 for one or $5 for two.

To register for the banquet, buy a raffle ticket, or make a donation to the UVM Chapter of EWB, please contact Jacqueline Bell at or 973-600-5700.

EWB-USA is a non-profit, 9000-member organization which sends project teams of engineering students and professionals to improve the quality of life in developing communities worldwide. EWB-USA currently has 200 developing and established chapters, including UVM's, with over 170 projects in 41 countries. For more information about the UVM Chapter's project, visit Project: Nicaragua - Juigalpa.