"The beginning of wisdom is the
admission of one's own lack of knowledge. As long as we think we
know, when in fact we do not, we shall continue to go to the
poor and demonstrate to them all the marvelous things they could
do if they were already rich...Find out what people do and help
them do it better." (E.F. Schumacher)
Engineers Without Borders - International (EWB-I) is an
international association of national
EWB/ISF groups whose mission is to facilitate collaboration, exchange of information, and assistance among
groups that have applied to become part of the
main office of EWB-I
resides in the USA with regional offices in Mexico,
India, Belgium, and Egypt. The regional offices serve as
the first point of entry for those national EWB/ISF
groups that wish to apply for membership of EWB-I and
represent the EWB/ISF groups that are part of the
Engineers Without Borders - International consists of member groups and start-up groups. All groups function autonomously. Membership requires that all members adhere to high professional and ethical standards as stated in the EWB-I By-Laws. It is a matter of policy that prior to taking on projects, EWB-I member groups make sure that they are not competing with private engineering firms.
interested in joining EWB-I as member or
start-up groups must submit an
send it electronically to the Membership Committee AMER RABAYAH. with copy to Cathy Leslie
Cathy Leslie .
Upon receipt, the application will be reviewed by the
committee. A reply
regarding the disposition of the application will be sent back to
the applicant within one month of being received.
Note that membership to EWB-I
is reserved only to organizations that have been
approved by the EWB-I membership committee.
No individual applications
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
EWB‐I Membership Categories
(i) Member: To qualify for Member status, a EWB group must be incorporated in its country as a non‐profit voluntary organization. It must be well‐established and have a verifiable track record of active projects and a body of members. It must show good project management and accounting. The group must have an active interest in participating in the EWB‐I platform of coordination, collaboration, and mutual partnerships. It must share the vision and mission of EWB‐I. The group must be in position to show that it is the only EWB group incorporated with a national status in its region or that it is part of a coalition of EWB groups in its region having a similar status.
(ii) Start‐Up Organization. This category covers groups who want to start a EWB organization within their country but are in the early stages of development. Start‐Up organizations shall submit a letter to EWB‐I expressing an interest in forming a country EWB. EWB‐I will note their interest and provide written guidance on what they must do in order to become a EWB‐I member. A Start‐Up organization will receive assistance and mentoring from Member groups of EWB‐I, subject to available resources. All start‐up groups must share the vision and mission of EWB‐I. A Start-up group has no voting rights at the Annual General Meeting of EWB - I.