Asheville Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA

We are a team of experienced professionals with a variety of backgrounds, not just engineering.

If you are passionate about helping people solve problems and improve their lives, drop us a line. We’d love to have you join our team.

Engineers Without Borders USA builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. Our 16,800 members work with communities to find appropriate solutions for water supply, sanitation, energy, agriculture, civil works and structures.

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Our Projects

In 2015, our team of volunteer Asheville NC engineers saw children kicking a soccer ball into a medical waste burn pile in Uluthe Village Kenya.  A year later, in collaboration with the community, we completed the build of a safe medical waste incinerator at the Uluthe Medical Hospital and Dispensary.

Our current project aims to improve medical waste disposal at the larger Siaya County Hospital near Uluthe.  The hospital serves more than 300 people per day (106,800 people/year) providing all types of medical services including antimalarial and antiretroviral drugs, HIV testing, prenatal care and childbirth, as well as first aid and surgery.


How You Can Help

  • ENGINEERING EXPERTISE: EWB offers rewarding volunteer opportunities for experienced engineers to work on engineering solutions for developing communities.
  • NON-ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND EXPERTISE: We need members with experience in many disciplines.  From medical specialists to marketers, its takes more than engineers to get things done in this complicated world.
  • DONATIONS: Tax-deductible contributions from both individuals and corporations. We also depend on partnerships and sponsorships with corporations for financial, in-kind, and professional support. Click here for more information.
  • BECOME A MEMBER: Members of EWB can participate in projects, receive EWB-USA newsletters and help to support EWB. To contact us for information on volunteering, click here.  To become a member click here.  Be sure to specify your affiliation with the “Asheville Professional” Chapter in the registration process.
  • ATTEND A CHAPTER MEETING: Attend a chapter meeting to find out what we are currently up to! Click here to see when our next meeting is.

Our Blog – General News and Travel updates

CHANGE OF LOCATION – Re: Our next meeting is TODAY! Asheville Engineers Without Borders

Dear supporters of Asheville Engineers Without Borders, We are back to the normal schedule with our monthly meetings (5:30pm on the 3rd Monday of each month). Join us TODAY May 20th at 5:30pm at the Salvage Station 466 Riverside DriveAsheville, NC * 28804 Join us if you can 🙂 – – – – Benji …

Cancelled: EWB meeting for April 15 2019

Dear supporters of Asheville Engineers Without Borders, We are skipping our April meeting originally scheduled for this coming Monday April 15, 2019. Hope to see y’all on Monday, May 20th! – – – – Benji BurrellBusiness and Technology Engineer(828) 283-0744 office, (804) 662-0964 mobilebenji@benjiburrell.comWebsite • LinkedIn“Be the change you wish to see in the world” — Mahatma Gandhi

About Us

Engineers Without Borders – USA (EWB-USA) is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. This partnership involves the implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.

The Asheville Professional Chapter (EWB-Asheville) was established in 2008  as a branch of EWB-USA. EWB-Asheville seeks to share the vision and missions of the national EWB organization with engineers and professionals in western North Carolina.

The chapter provides the opportunity for professionals to volunteer their skills and expertise with international aid projects. EWB projects challenge engineers to design and construct sustainable systems while building partnerships in developing communities.  They rely on experts from a variety of professions to  raise awareness, gather resources, and get things done.

Chapter members set the chapter priorities.  If you know of someone in need, please join and bring their need to the group.

Chapter Goals

  • To provide an outlet for professionals in the Western North Carolina region that are interested in international aid projects and sustainable engineering design.
  • To provide the opportunity for members to share their skills and expertise with developing communities.
  • To educate and challenge members in the field of sustainable design, including applications both locally and abroad.
  • To support and work with local collegiate EWB-USA chapters in their project endeavors.
  • To raise funds needed to support EWB Asheville Professionals Chapter and collegiate projects.


Our team maintains good relationships with community leaders in Siaya County Kenya.

Since 2008, we’ve coordinated with various organizations to support the heath of Siaya residents.


Rotary International

National Ground Water Association

Engineers Without Borders USA

Sasa Harambee


Nairobi Utumishi Rotary Club Facebook page

Rotary District 5450

Uluthe Community Project – A registered community based organization working to improve the quality of life for children and families with a focus on education, health, and safe water.

Harambee, Inc. A nonprofit organization that improves communities through programs that give children positive alternatives.


Chapter Officers

Benji Burrell –  President

Chris Gilbert P.E. – Vice President

Kathryn Blount – Secretary

Tim Heim  – Treasurer