Photo Courtesy of UC Engineers Without Borders via www.newsrecord.org
I found this story today and wanted to share. It’s about a group of students and faculty from the University of Cincinnati, some engineers and an industrial design student, who have been working on an amazing service for 3 years. Here is a short snippet from University of Cincinnati’s online student newspaper site;
After the sun had finally set, a group of eight friends sat with their mentor under a tree.
“How does all of this make you feel?” asked Dan Oerther, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of Cincinnati.
While Jordan Vogt, a fifth-year civil engineering student went on and on about two water tanks he had been working on the entire day, the other students he’d grown close to knew that wasn’t all that was on his mind.
The devastation, the poverty, the overall poor health of 500 villagers in Otho Abwao, Kenya, had struck a nerve.
“He was saying, ‘We’re just students; why isn’t every corporation in the world doing the exact same thing? Why wasn’t our entire project funded by someone who should be doing this?’ ” said Neil Schaner, a fifth-year engineering student, of Vogt’s frustration.
Earlier that same day, working on top of a hill to inspect the two concrete tanks that Vogt designed years earlier while halfway around the world, an elderly man, about 70 years old, walked up to him. He took Vogt’s hand in his own and, using the little English he knew, nearly caused Vogt to break down.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” the man said.
This is a must read, for the complete article click here.
Also if you’re interested here is the link to Engineers Without Borders
There’s probably many of us who are reaching out to help others in need, but I’m sure we could all do little more.
I was impressed to find Autodesk offering free training and software for those designers who have lost their jobs recently. What a great idea. More companies should implement this. They’re helping the economy while building their customer base. Everyone wins.
Anyways, thought I’d share.