EWBstands 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.
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