Engineers Without Borders Pittsburgh Professional Chapter (EWB-PPC) builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities in the Pittsburgh area and abroad to improve their quality of life and develop leaders to address local and global challenges.
EWB-PPC’s vision is a world in which every community has the capacity for self-development in order to address their challenges to improve quality of life.
As a chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA), we believe strongly in the community-driven approach to the projects we work on. Our approach to development is based on more than blueprints and measurements; it’s based on real relationships and five-year partnerships with communities. We do more than build latrines for communities–we equip them to build and maintain latrines themselves. At the same time, the volunteers and community members learn valuable leadership skills by charting pathways through complex challenges and achieving shared goals.
At the onset of any project we undertake, we establish an understanding of the baseline situation in the partner community and plan for long-term sustainability. We use impact analysis tools provided by EWB-USA headquarters throughout the project process to monitor the project’s progress. One year after the construction is complete, we evaluate the project’s role in reaching the community’s program goals. Finally, impact review teams travel to the field to check on the status of the programs years after completion, which allows us to learn from successes and challenges and be accountable to our partners.