EWB started in as a small group of passionate engineers who wanted to use their skills to make a meaningful difference. It has now grown to a movement of over , individuals and organisations working together to improve the quality of life in developing communities through humanitarian engineering. Read our full story here.
Since their humble beginnings, EWB has established over partnerships in nine countries. Through EWB, Australian engineers have shared their knowledge and built the technical capacity of organisations in developing communities around the world. The impact of their work spans from assisting rural Nepali villages to access clean water and electricity, to developing the renewable energy sector in Cambodia and providing engineering education opportunities for Aboriginal youth in Australia.
In the last years, significant progress has been made to embed the concept of humanitarian engineering into the engineering university curriculum and workplaces around Australia.
“Humanitarian engineering is becoming a truly global movement. EWB organisations across the globe agree that education of the next generation of engineers is key and there’s a strong commitment to collaborate on this. Ten years ago, this was an idea for the future. Today, we’re about to make it a reality,” said Lizzie Brown, EWB’s CEO.
To acknowledge the milestone EWB hosted a Gala Dinner, launched a fundraising campaign and will publish their story through a year anniversary book.
The Year Anniversary Gala Dinner was be a night of celebration, entertainment and inspiration in Melbourne on August . It raised over $, for EWB&#;s work. View photos from the night.
The Friends campaign aims to raise $,, to fund EWB’s current work and start an innovation fund to invest in new ideas in humanitarian engineering, by calling on EWB&#;s current membership to each sign up friends as donors.
EWB is also working on a special publication that shares our story. This publication will chronicle the stories of partnerships and programs and achievements and lessons over the past years. It will be available for purchase in .
As a grand finale to the year&#;s celebrations EWB has been chosen as the charity partner for City of Sydney&#;s New Year&#;s Eve celebrations. That means us up in lights on the Harbour Bridge on New Years Eve!
“I am constantly inspired by our members and volunteers and the change we have created over the last years. EWB has an exciting future ahead and I look forward to the innovation and sector change we will see in the next years,” said Lizzie Brown.