Washington and Lee University’s Engineering Community Development Club (W&L ECD) was founded in a joint effort in conjunction with Virginia Military Institute Engineers Without Borders (VMI EWB) in 2010. Our organization’s aim is to work hand-in-hand with developing communities to provide sustainable engineering solutions in order to improve basic living conditions.
W&L EWB’s mission is to engage students of all majors and interests in a collaborative effort to enhance the living conditions of our partner communities worldwide.
Through our efforts, students learn about poverty stricken areas, working creatively as a team to design and implement sustainable engineering solutions to improve the basic standard of living for communities throughout the world.
We bring together students, regardless of major and/or background, in order to utilize their knowledge to serve our partners in developing communities. Through the implementation of sustainable, practical engineering projects, it is our hope to build close, working relationships with our affiliated partners and communities; to foster open-mindedness, dedication, humility and creativity among our students; and to inspire the belief that both hard work and a pragmatic approach to addressing needs has the ability to substantially improve our local and global communities.
We currently work on water purification and sanitation projects in Pampoyo, Bolivia; Mbale, Uganda; and San Pedro, Guatemala in partnership with the EWB club at VMI.
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” -E.F. Schumacher