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Regioneering takes head, heart, and action

Regioneering takes head, heart, and action

By Lachlan Fraser Before the volunteers from EWB’s 2019 Regioneering program flew to the Torres Strait, the students involved in the upcoming workshops were asked to draw a picture of an engineer. One young girl drew a male stick figure next to a car - no surprise!...

National Volunteer Week 2021 Shout Out

National Volunteer Week 2021 Shout Out

It would be impossible to run all the life-changing projects at EWB without the tireless and dedicated work of our amazing volunteers. This National Volunteer Week (May 17-23 2021) we want to say a massive THANK YOU to these people, who make our work possible! We...

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Good will hacking – monitoring the moto

Good will hacking – monitoring the moto

Patrick carries around five second-hand phones. On the weekends, he straps them onto the dashboard of his car and takes them for a drive through Sydney’s streets. Patrick’s not a covert criminal running some kind of dodgy operation. He’s conducting important work on a...

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Developing emergency guidelines for Vanuatu

Developing emergency guidelines for Vanuatu

In Vanuatu, the world’s most disaster-prone country, there is not yet an approved approach or plan to guide a sanitation and hygiene response after an emergency. The confluence of Cyclone Harold and a global pandemic in March 2020 saw the significant impact on Vanuatu...

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Spring water successes in Timor-Leste

Spring water successes in Timor-Leste

Protecting spring water is critical to ensure the safe - and sustainable - supply of water in many rural communities of Timor-Leste. Timor-Leste is a beautiful but mountainous country, terrain which makes accessing water through borehole wells impractical. As a...

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Engineering a decade of action

Engineering a decade of action

On World Engineering for Sustainable Development Day (4th March 2021) UNESCO released their second Engineering for Sustainable Development report. Both the report and the day acknowledge the critical role engineers can and must play if we’re to achieve the United...

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EWB responds to Timor-Leste floods

EWB responds to Timor-Leste floods

Last weekend, and in the midst of a COVID-19 lockdown, heavy rain caused widespread flood damage throughout Timor-Leste. Over 11,000 people have been displaced from their homes, and 30% of Dili’s residents are currently unable to access water, due to severely damaged...

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Supporting partners through pandemics: Vanuatu

Supporting partners through pandemics: Vanuatu

In Vanuatu, the pandemic has meant we have had to alter how our Australia Volunteer Field Professionals support our work remotely, with a shift to strengthening the capacity of our local partners to design appropriate and sustainable technology solutions. EWB’s...

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Water rehab for Mekong villages

Water rehab for Mekong villages

The Mekong River is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia. As one of the longest rivers in the world, it flows through six countries - including Cambodia, where it is home to thousands of people who live in villages not far from its banks. These communities access the...

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Jumbo Jars ready for when the heavens open

Jumbo Jars ready for when the heavens open

Half of Cambodia’s rural population - more than six million people - lack access to clean water. It’s a combination of two main issues. One is climate change, which has brought about significant drought. The other is an unreliable supply of clean water, due to unsafe...

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In the workshop with FREO2

EWB established a partnership with FREO2 in June this year, aiming to further develop and scale technology for children and newborns who catch pneumonia or suffer acute breathing troubles - a key cause of death in developing countries. Over the past six months, EWB's...

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The 2020 Danny Awards

The 2020 Danny Awards

Each year the Danny Awards, named after EWB founder Danny Almagor, recognises those in our volunteer network who have made an outstanding contribution to EWB’s mission. The 2020 awards were held online on Thursday December 17 2020. Here are the winners...Leader &...

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Mobilising the Accessible Moto v2.0

Mobilising the Accessible Moto v2.0

Over the past year as EWB Australia initiated its new mobilisation program which matches volunteers with specific real-world projects to support EWB’s work. To launch the program, we identified three distinct streams: Open Challenges - such as the BirthWatch project...

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