EWB-LA frequently partners with local organizations to benefit our community. We also have some long-term partnerships with groups that need engineering expertise. We’re always looking for ideas for new community outreach group events. Ideal projects would be a one day local volunteer projects where we could get together, talk and help out. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get involved.
Eben Ezer Ecodome Project
The EbenEzer house is a project to build an a rammed earth shelter for two caretakers at an elder care facility in San Jacinto, Baja California, Mexico. This housing type is based upon the designs of the Cal-Earth project in Hesperia, CA. Volunteers have traveled to Baja to assist in the building efforts.
The next trip to the site will be May 28-31 (Memorial Day weekend). The next steps in the construction will be placing second story window forms and continuing to fill and stack the bags. Volunteers will be camping at the building site. The goal is to complete the home by the beginning of August. Contact email@example.com or the project lead, Dustin James for more information.
Hands Together is a non-profit that has been operating in Haiti since 1997. Originally founded to provide free education for the children of the poorest slum of Port au Prince, Cite Soleil, Hands Together’s programs have grown considerably. In addition to providing free basic medical services, and a warm meal for their 6,000 students (spread over eight campuses), their programs have expanded to the north where they are focusing on teaching sustainable agriculture practices.
After the earthquake in Haiti, Hands Together had a number of pressing engineering needs. In early April, five engineers (and one geologist), associated with various EWB USA chapters traveled to Port au Prince. Hands Together requested assistance with three areas:
- Assessment of structures and recommendations for repair work
- Solar installation feasibility assessments
- Troubleshooting with irrigation system on a model farm in northern Haiti
The team was able to assess all of Hands Together’s structures and generate a report for the remediation work. Another engineering team is will return in late May to teach the lead builders from Hands Together more reconstruction techniques. More structural engineers, architects, and masons will be needed in the coming months to travel to Port au Prince and continue training sessions with the Hands Together staff.
Volunteers should understand that this is not an EWB project. We are looking for interested, experienced people to provide engineering based counsel to an NGO that needs engineering support. Even if you cannot travel to help implement the work, we are looking to match interested engineers to help with the support work done in the States. If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Tom Hennessey at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Big Sunday Los Angeles – May 1
This year, a group of EWB volunteers worked with Rebuilding Together to help paint, repair and landscape at a house in Pasadena. Everyone had a great time. We’ll do something like this again soon.