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Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins Engineers Without Borders to Showcase Humanitarian Projects

February 22, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman
Office: (443) 287-9960; Cell: (410) 299-7462
prs@jhu.edu

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

WHERE: Levering Hall, Glass Pavilion, The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, 33rd and North Charles streets in Baltimore. Campus map can be viewed at: http://webapps.jhu.edu/jhuniverse/information_about_hopkins/campuses/homewood_campus/pdf/campus_map_0907.pdf.

WHO: Members of the Johns Hopkins University chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-JHU)—who have launched humanitarian efforts in Ecuador, Guatemala and South Africa—will discuss their work at the group’s annual showcase.

WHAT: Students and professional mentors from each of the project teams will present talks, exhibits and slides concerning three projects:

  • In the Santa Rosa de Ayora community in Ecuador, EWB-JHU has been helping to construct a daycare center for young unsupervised children.
  • In Chicorral, Guatemala, the closest source of potable water is located at the bottom of a 300-foot ravine. To make water collection easier for the women and children who are typically responsible for this task, EWB-JHU has designed a solar-powered pump.
  • In KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where many residents are subsistence farmers, EWB-JHU has been installing ram pump irrigation systems to provide easier access to water.

WHY: The philosophy of the group is to improve living conditions and enrich lives, one community at a time. EWB programs range from constructing sustainable systems to enhancing the technical, managerial and entrepreneurial skills of community members.

CONTACT FOR THE EVENT: Adhiraj Goel, agoel6@jhu.edu, 202-739-1301.

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