The Nepal Team is one of the two teams under the University of Florida chapter of Engineers Without borders. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, humanitarian organization. Founded in 2013, since then we have implemented in one location, and are preparing to implement in our second. The outreach of our work focuses on providing clean, locally-sourced water in these regions whose only water source is infected with E-Coli and other bacteria.
Together, our team consists of students from eight different engineering disciplines, along with several non-engineering members. We have five sub-teams consisting of design, fundraising, communications, PMEL, and education:
Our design team focuses on the actual design plans and materials needed to implement these projects. Fundraising team writes grants, coordinates local fundraising events, and reaches out for corporate sponsorships. A group of Nepali speakers, the communications team is our link to Phoolbari and Khanalthok while we are in the states, closing the language barrier between our two communities. PMEL (Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning) concentrates the longevity and sustainability of our work, ensuring the village knows how to use and maintain the rain water catchment and sanitation systems. The education team coordinates programs in which we can educate the local school students on sanitation, gender equality, and some core STEM topics.
Collectively, we join under one mission: to provide the basic human right of clean water to these villages. We do not hope to go, implement, and move on, but hope to make a lasting and impressionable impact on these children.