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EWB

stands for Engineers Without Borders. I'm a member at my school.

This summer the Nicaragua team went down there and installed water tanks at a health clinic to ensure they had a constant and safe water supply. Since I was only a freshman I didn't have any real engineering knowledge and so I helped with the fund raising. It's not much, but a good start for me I guess.

Dunno.

I kinda have mixed feelings. I mean yes these people are in need and we are helping them, but I don't think anyone else in EWB stops to ask, "Why is Nicaragua such a poor country?".

Nobody cares that the United States supported a terrorist war during the 1980's that devastated the society and strangled the economy. Nobody cares about what effect neoliberal policies are having on the population.

It's more like: "We are the Norte Americanos, we are advanced, we are smart, we are here to save you from your backwards ways."

I hope I'm doing the right thing.

But how can you address symptoms without addressing their root causes?

"They who have put out the people's eyes, reproach them of their blindness" - John Milton
deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 31, 2007

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Keep thinking and keep asking questions,Prototype,that's how you learn and grow and CHANGE things that are wrong with the world.