Over the past couple of years, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 700 homes in a town adjacent to the large city of Debre Birhan, Ethiopia, which is northeast of the capital Addis Ababa. This development has resulted in a steep increase in population, which in turn has created a great need for a school building. The Community Project, a non-profit organization, and Engineers Without Borders are working with local people to conceptualize and build a K-8 school that will eventually serve up to 1,000 children. The project will also include a meeting center and garden on a 10-acre site to serve the community of 4,000 people. AWB-Oregon has provided hand sketches for the project and EWB volunteers in Ohio and Maine are working on the CAD drawings. This fall, a group of Engineers Without Borders PSU students will travel to Ethiopia to build latrines for the school and on their return they will fundraise to build the schools.
For more information on the project, please visit: www.communityproject.org