Engineers Without Borders Germany
The aid organisation Engineers Without Borders Germany was founded in 2003 and now numbers more than 1,700 voluntary members. The association is divided into 30 regional chapters and 5 competence chapters throughout Germany and conducts projects in the fields of water and power supply and infrastructure development, among other things.
A particular focus is ensuring that its work has a sustainable impact, a goal that it aims to achieve by training the local population and transferring knowledge to its partner organisations, for instance. Engineers Without Borders Germany is affiliated with the global organisation Engineers Without Borders International.
Ulm / Neu-Ulm regional chapter
The Ulm chapter of Engineers Without Borders was founded in March 2010 by students of Ulm and Neu-Ulm Universities of Applied Sciences. Interested engineers joined quickly and the Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences was also added as a long-term partner. After just six months, the Ulm chapter evolved into a core team totalling 20 active members, consisting of engineers, people from other professions and students from other degree programmes.
The first project chosen involved providing electricity to public schools and community centres in Mozambique using pico solar systems.
Mission and vision of the Ulm / Neu-Ulm chapter
With the voluntary social commitment of members of the Ulm / Neu-Ulm chapter of Engineers Without Borders Germany, we aim to bring about a lasting improvement in the living conditions of villagers in partner countries. The close cooperation with and inclusion of the local population is one of our focal points in conducting projects that make a lasting change. Our project work has a clear technical slant, which is also our main distinguishing feature. The objective is to give local inhabitants long-term employment prospects, which is why we aim to initiate and support structural changes. In this respect, our priority is not only on knowledge transfer and education, but also on intercultural exchange between the Ulm region and developing countries. The regional chapter offers anyone interested the opportunity to pitch in and help improve the living conditions in the partner countries and expand their skills at the same time. It also promotes networking between developing countries, the regional business community, universities, NGOs and society.