EWB is a registered charity with over 50,000 members. With 28 student chapters and 7 professional chapters from coast to coast we actively educate our members and the public on what we as Canadians can do to assist people in developing countries improve their lives. Today over 800 million people go hungry every day and over 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water! EWB is working with partner agencies all over the world to combat the sad reality that these numbers represent.
The EWB University of Regina chapter, which was founded in 2005, orchestrates events which impact the City of Regina community. Chapter members deliver presentations to high school students which focus on water and food and the lack of access to such basic necessities in a developing community. We also initiate public outreach events designed to educate our community about EWB’s philosophy on global citizenship. Another important objective of our chapter is to continuously build development knowledge within our own chapter. Furthermore, we wish to enhance the current engineering curriculum by encouraging first year engineering students to think critically about how their decisions as engineers will affect people globally.
A strong measure of our chapter’s success is the volunteers we have sent to Africa. So far, six Junior Fellowship volunteers have completed four-month projects. In the summer of 2007, Ross Phillips went to Malawi to work in the water and sanitation sector. In the summer of 2008, Bevan Harlton went to Ghana and worked in the agriculture sector. Vicki Nelson went to Zambia in 2009 investigating market access in agriculture. Keith Arnstead and Ali Molaro worked in Malawi in the water and sanitation sector in 2010 and 2011 respectively. While Nathan Van Betuw worked in the Ghanaian Agriculture Extension sector in 2012. Two of the founding members, Garrett Schmidt and Alynne Iversen have completed Long Term Overseas Volunteer placements in Malawi. They were actively involved in water and sanitation projects which are designed to create sustainable change in Malawi.