Engineering Good (EG) is a non-profit organisation that empowers disadvantaged communities by improving their quality of life through sustainable engineering solutions. Working in partnership with community-based organisations locally and in the region, they provide opportunities for engineers to contribute their expertise to address community needs through skilled volunteerism. The vision of EG is to build a world where everyone is able to lead lives of dignity and opportunity through improved engineering capacity at the local community level. It also has four main aims, which is to –
- Partner local organisations and/or institutions that work directly with marginalised communities to resolve barriers to development through appropriate sustainable engineering solutions
- Empower the communities we work in to lead independent lives with increased access to opportunities
- Be the go-to organisation to provide appropriate engineering aid
- Cultivate a pool of engineers who are aware of the challenges facing disadvantaged communities, knowledgeable about technical solutions and experienced in the in the practical aspects of their implementation.
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EG Development Partners
Development partners are at the core of EG’s work. These are the community-based organisations that work close to the ground, directly with disadvantaged and marginalised communities, to address key concerns such as poverty alleviation, access to resources and opportunities, and community development. EG supports their development partners through volunteer engineers, who contribute their skills while gaining invaluable experience in humanitarian engineering and development work.
EG supports the work of local community-based organisations working in areas of humanitarian engineering and appropriate technology, by facilitating and supporting their technical development through capacity building projects. They provide this support through regular short trips that contribute to larger, longer-term partnerships and project objectives. Their volunteers provide relevant engineering support and technical capacity building to their partner on a specific program or project. These projects offer volunteers the opportunity to work hands-on in the field, gain better understanding of social, economic and cultural contexts in bringing technology to people and communities, and insights into delivering engineering aid that is appropriate and sustainable.
Their international partners include working with the Philippines in Bohol, bringing light to Koh Phdao, Kratie province in Cambodia through the provision of solar home systems together with the Cambodian Rural Development Team and a pilot project to provide innovative technology for small scale irrigation for communities along the Mekong River in Cambodia.
Assisting others through assistive technology
Approximately 3% of Singaporeans are living with a disability. However, the needs of persons with disabilities often remain overlooked and they continue to face myriad challenges in independent living, due to the lack of availability and access to appropriate and affordable assistive technology. Singapore is also facing a rapidly aging population that is undergoing similar challenges.
EG partners with welfare organisations that work directly with these individuals, and supports them through assistive technology programmes. Through these programmes, volunteers will engage directly with persons with disabilities, understand their needs and challenges, and develop technology that meets their needs. Volunteers will experience how technology can help to lower self-imposed and societal barriers, enabling these individuals to live more independently and thrive in the community.
EG’s local project partners include the Rainbow Centre Margaret Drive and Yishun Park Schools, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS), and the AWWA School.
More information on the details of these programmes can be found at http://engineeringgood.org/international-programmes/ and at http://engineeringgood.org/local-programmes/.
Photo courtesy to Marcus Chua, President of Engineering Good Student Chapter 2017
Engineering Good Student Chapter (EGSC)
The Engineering Good Students’ Chapter (EGSC) is a student-led chapter from EG, aimed at engaging students from all educational institutions. They believe in leveraging on the unique interests and energy of students while empowering them with skill sets to develop affordable and sustainable assistive technologies for disadvantaged communities. EGSC develops and executes independent initiatives with partnerships that do not overlap with their parent organisation EG, crafting programmes that are specially focused on engaging students of most educational levels. The nature of the programmes also allow students to further hone their technical skills while developing their own Humanitarian Engineering approach.
Join the Student Chapter team
EGSC is always on the look-out for dedicated and passionate students from any tertiary institution to join the Student Chapter team as they plan and execute projects that benefit both beneficiaries and the student population!
If you are keen to serve, do contact EGSC at students@EngineeringGood.org for more information! Masters and PhD students are welcomed too.
Student Chapter Programs
The Technology Development Programme
The Technology Development (Tech Dev) Programme is a programme where skilled, experienced and passionate student volunteers are selected by EGSC to work in partnership with an NGO or beneficiary to solve technical problems with solutions that are appropriate and sustainable.
Student participants, in teams of 3-5, will be guided by an experienced engineering mentor and the NGOs themselves, to ensure that our participants would be able to develop a working prototype for the NGO at the end of the programme.
The programme will commence on 9 January 2017 and will run for 3-6 months, depending on the complexity of the project.
As part of the Tech Dev programme, we will be hosting/conducting lessons to equip student participants with the necessary skills needed to excel in the project. These skills range from soft skills like design thinking workshops to more technical skills like prototyping with Arduino and 3D printing.
For students from NUS Faculty of Engineering, the Tech Dev project may also count towards the EG2606A/B Independent Work (IW) module or be considered under Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP).
More information regarding the projects led by EGSC can be found at http://engineeringgood.org/local-programmes/. Do visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/engineering.good.sc/ as we bring the latest developments to you while the exciting projects unfold.
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