The Impact Of Humanitarian Engineering On The United Nations Refugee Agency

881 Words Jun 8th, 2016 4 Pages
Intro to EWB:

The EWB challenge is devoted improving lives, “Welcome to Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia. We 're here to engineer a better world, (Engineers Without Borders Australia, 2016).” The challenge they set before themselves is to allow everyone to lead a life without poverty through engineering knowledge and resources. “We connect, educate and empower people through humanitarian engineering. Humanitarian engineering uses a people centered, strength based approach to improve community health, well being and opportunity, (About Us - Engineers Without Borders Australia, 2016).” They place value on the construction of relationships based on mutual trust and respect and thrive on the sharing of knowledge and culture from both parties.

The challenge taken on by the EWB in Zambia with the assistance of the UNHCR, (the United Nations refugee agency) is focused on the Mayukwayukwa refugee settlement in the Kaoma District of Zambia’s Western Province. “The settlement is home to over 11,000 refugees, the majority (over 6,000) of whom have fled the war of liberation in Angola. Other refugees in the settlement come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda. (UNHCR Zambia | EWB Challenge, 2016).” Thus the EWB has taken the challenge of developing engineering and technological solutions to assist the integration and creation of sustainable livelihoods of the refugees due to pledges by the Government of the Republic of Zambia in 2011 and 2013 allowing the…

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