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Welcome to your sixth edition of our quarterly newsletter, The Movement. The Movement aims to keep you up to date with all the work we are doing to ensure that people everywhere have equal access to the benefits of engineering.

With festivities in full swing now, we'd also like to take the opportunity to say thank you for your continued support in 2016 and we look forward to sharing with you all that our movement achieves next year. On behalf of everyone at Engineers Without Borders UK, our partners and beneficiaries, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 
Help fill our Christmas stockings | Donate to engineer change this Christmas

This Christmas we're asking you to dig deep and fill our stockings to help fund our vital work. We want people everywhere to be able to turn on a light to study, use a toilet safely or be protected from seasonal rains. We believe everywhere should be able to enjoy the benefits of engineering. Help us engineer change this Christmas by filling up our stockings!

Laughing away the chilly days | Engineering Showoff in London raises money for our work (and a second chance to attend in January)

We were delighted to be selected as the charity of choice for the London launch of Engineering Showoff, the hottest new comedy gig in town. Engineering Showoff is all about meeting the faces behind engineering in a fun and entertaining way, inspiring people inside and outside the profession to learn more and get involved. The lineup of hilarious engineers included some well known faces of Engineers Without Borders UK, former volunteers Aimi Elias and Pip Jefferis along our very own Head of Education, Katie Cresswell-Maynard.

We chuckled away to the amazing acts and laughed until we nearly developed six-packs. If you missed out, don't worry, there's another show on 16 January 2017 with all money raised supporting our cause again! Further information and tickets will be available in January here

Lightbulb Talks | Our first Lightbulb Talks 

Lightbulb Talks provide an informal opportunity to learn more about what we do, meet our team and like-minded individuals. Those who joined us on 29 November 2016 got to hear about how our international projects are ensuring people everywhere have equal access to the benefits of engineering. Thank you to all those who attended and watch this space for our next instalment in the new year!

Our 2017 International Volunteering Opportunities are live | Apply now 

Our 2017 International Volunteering Opportunities are now open. This year volunteers can work on engineering projects in the water and sanitation and hygiene (WASH), clean energy or built environment sectors. Volunteer projects range from monitoring systems for micro-hydro projects in Malaysian Borneo, designing fuel-efficient cookstoves in India to supporting geotechnical surveys in Rwanda.

There are 19 opportunities available for professionals (including 6 Senior Fellowship roles) and up to 8 Junior Fellowship opportunities. The Junior Fellowships are aimed at university students and recent graduates who want to learn more about international development with the support of experienced volunteer engineers. They offer a great opportunity to develop your engineering skills and use them for good.

The deadline for applications is 12:00 noon GMT, Sunday 15 January 2017. Good luck to all those applying!

Engineering solutions in Kenya's largest slum | Our Junior Fellowship volunteers share their learnings  

Collaborating with local communities when designing engineering solutions is key to transforming public spaces in Kenya’s largest slum, Kibera. This was the message from the Engineers Without Borders UK Fellowship team on Tuesday 13 December 2016 as they presented their project to a packed room at University College London. The night showcased the work achieved by the Fellowship volunteers this summer where they worked on the design of a school and a flood and drainage system in collaboration with our long term, Kenyan based partner, KDI. You can read more here.

Learn about innovative sustainable technologies in Mexico | Training course in 2017

Fancy getting some hands on experience installing bio-digesters and clean water systems whilst learning all about innovative sustainable technologies and how they are changing lives? Well look no further! This summer discover the theory and implementation behind rainwater harvesting systems, natural building techniques, solar power systems, bio-digesters, and water filtration in urban, peri-urban and rural communities in Mexico. The course is delivered in English by international development professionals, leading activists, researchers, academics and policy makers. The course is appropriate for professionals and students.

Date: 20 Jul - 1 Aug 2017
Cost: $1,750 (US$1,475 course and US$275 basic lodging). Please note that other accommodation options are available

If this sounds of interest, you can read more here.

And we're off | Engineering for People Design Challenge 2016-17 is launched in universities across the UK

The new academic year marks the beginning of a new round of enthusiastic students embarking on the Engineering for People Design Challenge.

We've visited 14 universities already, from as far north as Glasgow to the sunny climes of Portsmouth, and challenged each and every student to propose their ideas for our partner EcoSwell in Peru. We have even more universities launching the competition in the new year. If you're an academic and would like your university to take part, find out more from our website or simply get in touch. 

Getting out there | Ambassador training opportunities

In the last issue of The Movement we announced the arrival of our new Ambassador Trainers; in this issue we're pleased to let you know that we're now offering training across the country. Training dates and

locations are available here. Please note that this page will be updated as and when new training opportunities are confirmed, so please keep an eye out. Also, don't forget that you need to be signed up with us through the STEM Ambassadors Programme first which you can do by following this link.
What do you want the future to look like? | Debating the future of engineering 

We joined the panel of judges for the schools debating competition 'The Future of Engineering' in Glasgow. The initiative, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Debating Matters, gives young people to opportunity to debate how they think engineering will affect their lives and wider society in the future. We were delighted to be invited to be a part of the day and were really impressed by the issues brought up such as - will technology be able to solve society's environmental challenges? The debate goes on....
Publication of the first set of ethics principles | International Ethics Standard (IES) Coalition

The International Ethics Standards (IES) Coalition has developed the first set of globally recognised ethics standards for real-estate and related professional organisations. The IES Coalition believes that creating a universally applicable set of ethics values will help assert the role of ethics and help ensure greater professionalism. The coalition is made up of over 100 member organisations, of which Engineers Without Borders UK is one. All members are professionals working in a diverse range of countries around the globe. You can read more about our role as a member organisation here.

A volunteer's perspective a year on | Devni Acharya shares her thoughts

"In 2015 I volunteered for Engineers Without Borders UK in Cameroon. I worked with their local partner Reignite Action for Development on a project to develop a sustainable solid waste management strategy for the region of Tubah. As a result of our work, the Prime Minister, Head of Government for Cameroon, authorised the Tubah Council to purchase hard heavy equipment for waste and has also made a commitment for the first engineered landfill in Cameroon.

The challenges facing the region can be heavily attributed to the new university that is expanding in the region. Its popularity has led to rapid population growth and a significant increase in waste generation. Lack of waste management systems leads to air pollution from uncontrolled open burning, water and soil contamination, methane release from organic waste and open dumping sites are also a breeding ground for mosquitoes. 

A year later it’s safe to say that progress has been made! Waste is now collected and sorted to extract recyclables such as plastics and metals. Compost is being generated from source-segregated organic waste. There is even a new refuse collection vehicle! It has really been amazing to see all of this."

Inspiring the next generation | EWB University of Salford and EWB University of Manchester 
Our EWB University of Salford Member Group have worked hard this first academic term to arrange a series of speakers, connecting engineering students and Engineers Without Borders UK volunteers to highlight the importance of globally responsible engineering to the future generations.
So far, the highlights have included talks from Milly Hennayake and Richard Fletcher about their work at ARUP and how they support Engineers Without Borders UK as a corporate partner. Stephen Platt has also shared his experience as an international placement volunteer in Nepal, building water tanks with community members and locally sourced materials. They also have plenty more lined up for 2017. If you would like to get involved in our Member Groups speaker events, contact
Our EWB University of Manchester have also been hard at work, training Engineers Without Borders Ambassadors to deliver our Youth Outreach Initiative. Not only has the group trained 11 Ambassadors who have already delivered several workshops in local schools, they have also taken Engineers Without Borders UK to the Manchester Science Festival where they demonstrated globally responsible engineering in action with technologies such as a hand water pump. All this has been achieved in just one academic term! You can learn more about our Member Groups here.

Join our team | Fundraising and Communications Assistant

We're looking for a Fundraising and Communications Assistant to support our organisational growth and ambition. This role will support our fundraising and external communication activities across the organisation. Your main duties will be prospecting and cultivating new donors, assisting and managing fundraising applications with a particular focus on Trusts and Foundations as well as supporting our communications functions through social media, our website, newsletters and other publications. If this sounds of interest, please apply here by 12:00 noon, 16 January 2017.

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