Engineers Without Borders builds library in Ghana
This summer five members of the Princeton chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) are traveling to Ashaiman, Ghana, to spend eight weeks finishing the construction of a library that will serve both as an educational center and a community gathering place.
This video chronicles the first phase of the EWB Ghana library project, which began in 2008. During the first phase, EWB members laid the concrete foundation and main structural elements of the library and collected more than 4,000 books.
EWB members plan to finish construction of the library, to outfit it with furniture and books, and to install a digital infrastructure including netbooks and Internet access. The EWB team is also formulating educational programming that aims to foster traditional and digital literacy.
The EWB Ghana undergraduate team for the first phase of the project included Mohit Agrawal '11, Kwesi Adarkwa '11, Nizette Edwards '11, and Jane Yang '11. The team for the second phase of the project includes Jeremy Blair '13, Akhil Reddy '13, Elizabeth O'Grady '13, Buse Aktas '14, and Cole Freeman '14.
Funders for the EWB Ghana library initiative include the Class of 1978 Fund, the Fred Fox '39 Fund, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, the Martin A. Dale '53 Summer Award, the Norman D. Kurtz '58 Fund, the Osu Children's Library Fund, the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Princeton Grand Challenges Initiative, World Partners for Development, the Woodrow Wilson School for Public Policy, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Video by Jane Yang (with Jeremy Blair).