Engineers Without Borders – Lebanon
|Engineers Without Borders – Lebanon|
|Formation||31 December 2009|
|President||Nader Hajj Shehadeh|
Engineers Without Borders – Lebanon (EWB–Lebanon) is a non-profit group of engineers dedicated for public work and sustainable development. The group aims to help the disadvantaged communities allover Lebanon with no borders or preferences.
EWB – Lebanon was founded as a recognized start-group working under the close guidance of Engineers without Borders – International (EWB- I), a non-profit corporation established in November 2002 in the State of Colorado, USA with regional offices in Mexico, India, Belgium, and Egypt. It was accepted as a start-up group at the EWB-International network in December 2009.
Additionally, EWB-Lebanon has established a university chapter during the academic year of 2010-2011 at Notre Dame University – Louaize. The chapter includes around 20 engineering students under the support and supervision of the Faculty of Engineering at Notre Dame University – Louaize main campus in Zouk Mosbeh.
Mission & Vision
EWB-Lebanon was established in an aim to promote sustainable development and help disadvantaged communities have a better style of living. The mission is to use engineering knowledge and skills to help the unfortunates all around the country.
EWB-Lebanon beliefs are:
- Survival should not be a target, it is a right.
- Borders are established for political reasons! Humanitarian work knows no borders.
- Education is a gift, a gift that shall be implemented for good.
Environment Awareness Lectures
In 2010, EWB-Lebanon’s team volunteered to offer in youth camps Environment Awareness Lectures to young people aged between 7 and 15 years old on the Environment Protection through Energy conservation, renewable energy, recycling and waste reduction.
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.
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.
This model is designed to assist farmers and other users in rural and non-electrified areas in their agricultural and non-agricultural uses. In addition to being a mean of transportation, the human-powered water pump is used for water pumping purposes.
It is able to pump water to an elevation of 2.5 meters at 12 liters per minute by pedaling at normal running speed. Water is pumped through a 3/8 inch pipe to the desired elevation and then flows through a water wheel chained to an electricity generator that lights an LED lamp with no use of grid electricity.