According to EWBSA’s website, the organisation is “a response to the multitude of problems that the profession is currently facing in [the] country [which] is setting out to re-envision the engineering sector as a place in which people can live their passion and work with compassion”. Through a video or e-poster, the chapters had to show EWBSA how their engineering project met a need in their communities and left it with a sustainable impact, all for a R5 000 prize. EWB-UP’s submission was based on the work the chapter did with Kutumela-Molefi Intermediate Farm School in Donkerhoek, which has many pupils that come from impoverished backgrounds. Their goal was to renovate the school.
According to the EWBSA website, work began during the July 2015 holidays with the help of 45 enthusiastic members.Renovations ranged from simple tasks like repainting the school to more complex tasks such as putting in roof insulation for some classes. Paul Ssali, the chair of EWB-UP, was also voted as the student representative of the EWBSA board of directors. On the EWBSA website, he gave feedback on their project. “It was such a great feeling and honour to know that we had done something to help keep a child’s dream alive, even if they don’t realise it,” he said