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Engineers Without Borders – Lebanon
AbbreviationEWB–Lebanon
Formation31 December 2009
TypeNGO
PurposeCommunity development
HeadquartersBeirut, Lebanon
Members
450
President
Nader Hajj Shehadeh
Parent organization
ewb-international.org
Websiteewb-lebanon.org

Engineers Without Borders – Lebanon (EWB–Lebanon) is a non-profit group of engineers dedicated to public work and sustainable development. The group aims to help disadvantaged communities throughout Lebanon.[1]

Establishment

EWB – Lebanon was founded as a recognized start-group working under the close guidance of Engineers Without Borders - International, a non-profit corporation established in November 2002 in the State of Colorado, United States with regional offices in Mexico, India, Belgium, and Egypt.[2]

EWB-Lebanon has university chapters in Lebanon's top universities allowing engineering students to join the group and participate in engineering development activities. There are more than 250 student members in EWB-Lebanon chapters at Notre Dame University – Louaize, American University of Beirut, Lebanese American University, and University of Balamand. The first chapter includes started in 2011 at under the support and supervision of the Faculty of Engineering at Notre Dame University – Louaize main campus in Zouk Mosbeh.[3]

EWB-Lebanon was established to use the engineering knowledge and skills of its members to promote sustainable development.[4]

Selected activities

Beekeeping for Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Rural Livelihood

EWB-Lebanon implements development in agricultural rural areas in Lebanon. The project entitled "Beekeeping for Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Rural Livelihood" aims at supporting poor families in rural regions through introducing the concept of sustainable beekeeping and providing them with education, financial support, and technical cooperation in the field. Targeting the poorest regions of the country, the project identifies underdeveloped families with good potential but no financial or technical abilities, to help them develop an additional riskless source of income.[5][6][7]

Engineers Helping NGOS Utilizing Renewable Energy

EWB-Lebanon implements development in agricultural rural areas in Lebanon. The project entitled "Beekeeping for Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Rural Livelihood" aims at supporting poor families in rural regions through introducing the concept of sustainable beekeeping and providing them with education, financial support, and technical cooperation in the field. Targeting the poorest regions of the country, the project identifies underdeveloped families with good potential but no financial or technical abilities, to help them develop an additional riskless source of income.[5]

Environment Awareness Lectures

EWB Students from university chapters at the American University in Beirut (AUB), Notre Dame University (NDU), University of Balamand (UOB), and the Lebanese American University (LAU) join hands to help the people in need at Sesobel. The project aimed at implementing energy saving solutions at the Sesobel headquarters in Aintoura, and was jointly implemented with the private company Solar World which supplied LED lamps and solar water heaters.[8] [9]

Participation in SEEM 2010

From March, 3 to 6, 2010, EWB-Lebanon, represented by its founder and acting president, Mr. Nader Hajj Shehadeh, made the first appearance within the EWB-International Network in the Second Annual Meeting of the Eastern Mediterranean Region at EWB held in Larnaca, Cyprus under the title “Sustainable Engineering in the Eastern Mediterranean”. EWB-Lebanon was introduced to the other groups and discussed with the participants the future plans of the newest EWB group.[2]

Development of “Turbocycler I”- Human-Powered Water Pump

EWB- Lebanon Team developed a unique multi-purpose bicycle kit that is used for cycling, water pumping, and electricity generation. The “Turbocycler I” was developed as a demonstration kit to illustrate electricity-independent power generation in its mechanical and electrical forms.

The model is built using an old mountain bike plugged into a frame with a 0.5 hp centrifugal pump attached to the flywheel of the back tire through a metallic chain.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Engineers Without Borders Lebanon". EWB-Lebanon.org. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Max Deutsch (18 November 2010). "Engineers without borders …. Active builders of the Future | Business Lobby". Businesslobby.blog.com. Archived from the original on 16 April 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  3. ^ "NDU Chapter - Engineers Without Borders Lebanon". EWB-Lebanon.org. 30 December 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Our Mission - Engineers Without Borders Lebanon". EWB-Lebanon.org. 30 December 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Implements Development Through Beekeeping - Engineers Without Borders Lebanon". EWB-Lebanon.org. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Beekeeping for Poverty : Alleviation and sustainable Rural Livelihood" (PDF). Cooperation.epfl.c. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  7. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20140529052302/http://iug.dk/uploads/file/nyhedsbreve/ewb-i-newsletter-no2.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "EWB Students Help Sesobel - Engineers Without Borders Lebanon". EWB-Lebanon.org. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  9. ^ "I am proud to declare that what joins us... - Engineers Without Borders- Lebanon". Facebook.com. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
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