Without Borders at the University of Houston (EWB-UH) is a chapter of the nonprofit humanitarian organization, EWB-USA, that partners with developing communities worldwide to in order to improve their quality of life through sustainable engineering projects (http://www.ewb-usa.org).
Our fledgling chapter is starting a maiden project in Congregacion Cieneguilla, Tamaulipas, Mexico. We are in the initial stages of planning the assessment trip, projected for June 2008, to survey the community's water needs and perform water tests. This project falls in line with one of the UN's Millenium Development goals to increase access to sustainable water sources.
One of our members found this community on a family vacation in Mexico during our winter break. We are collaborating with the community members to complete the preliminary applications to be accepted by EWB-USA as a project. If successful, until school lets out for summer, as a club we will meet weekly and research as much as possible about surveying techniques and about the community. Then we will embark on the assessment trip, which should last approximately 7 days. If we believe we have enough data and information to assess their needs, during the rest of the summer and fall semester we will plan the implementation stages.