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Engineer's Without Borders YV Presentation

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Jacqui Boyer

on 22 November 2013

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Queen's Youth

isn't systemic, it isn't change at all"

Team of leaders and critical thinkers who learn about current issues and collaboratively take action.
NGO's arrive...
...build wells...
..."engage" with the community...
... and leave
In Malawi, people have to walk miles in order to collect water
new problem:
15% of wells are redundantly sited
30% of wells break down within 7 years
EWB solution:

tracks status of current wells (broken vs. functional)
identifies ideal drilling locations for new wells
testing 98% accuracy
cost less than $100,000 develop/deploy
brought in $6.2 million of new investments
wells break.
Developed a data-based system
Using engineering tools, EWB found a way to address a recurring problem!
Some other engineering tools:
Mind Maps
Design Process
Mind map of the Kenyan water system:
Can you think of any recurring
local issues?
Let's examine homelessness using a mindmap of stakeholders and root causes
Facts about homelessness in
Kingston and Ottawa:
Now that you have some facts, how would you change your mind map?
Amanda's mind map after working with the people who use the water systems:
What can we conclude?
If this workshop interests you, we'll be having these sorts of conversations at EWB Phase 2. You should join us!

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As many as 1.3 million Canadians have experienced homelessness or extremely insecure housing at some point in the last 5 years
30,000 people are homeless in Canada on a given night
Youth make up 20% of the homelessness population in Canada
First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people are overrepresented
Violence and poverty are the main causes of homelessness for women and families
It is estimated nearly half of Ottawa's homeless youth population identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)
72% was the average monthly shelter occupancy rate in Kingston during 2012
15% of Kingston's population lives below the low income cut off level.
25% of Kingstonians have an income below required to own a one bedroom apartment ($34,000/year)
Approximately 16.5% of the Kingston population is over 65
Students take up most of the rental houses available
chronic: 4000 - 8000; episodic: 6000 - 22000; transitional: 176000 - 188000
50 days is the length of the median stay at a shelter
Define the
Brainstorm and Design solutions
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