Charlie Maynard is a senior at Georgia Institute of Technology and an active member of our Zeta Omicron chapter. Among a long list of extracurricular activities, Charlie has been involved in Engineers Without Borders since her freshman year. She tells us what she’s gained from this experience and how her ADPi sisters have supported her passion for helping people!
What is Engineers Without Borders?
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has national and international chapters who share a common goal of improving access to infrastructure through sustainable engineering solutions. The goals of the organization are to build a better world, empower communities to meet their basic needs, and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.
Why did you want to get involved?
I joined EWB the beginning of my freshman year by applying specifically to the Uganda Water Supply Project at Georgia Tech. I’ve had many opportunities through it, the most important opportunity being able to lead the implementation of a solar-powered and gravity-fed water distribution system in the rural village of Oloo, Uganda. The system currently reaches approximately 2,000 people who previously did not have access to potable water. I’ve always had a niche for helping others and what better way to do that than through applying what I study at Georgia Tech to a tangible solution? Knowing a team and myself have positively impacted the daily lives of women and children in Oloo, Uganda has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my college career.
How has ADPi supported your endeavors?
From attending the different fundraisers that the project has hosted, to listening and providing feedback (multiple times) for a 1.5 hour workshop I was hosting at an EWB conference, my ADPi sisters have supported me in this endeavor through many different outlets. Additionally, I have gotten to know younger sisters in the Zeta Omicron chapter who have joined EWB after me, and we’ve been able to grow our relationship through our passion for sustainable solutions in developing areas.
Think you might be interested in EWB? Shoot Charlie an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! She says the project is continuously looking for mentors and sponsors.