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Engineering Without Boundaries to host fundraiser, share plans for service projects

New Mexico State University?s Engineering Without Boundaries group will hold a banquet Saturday, March 8, to raise funds for their summer 2014 service trip to Queretaro, Mexico. The public is invited to attend.

Students move dirt with shovels.
NMSU Engineering Without Boundaries students work on building a berm around Camp Hope, a homeless camp at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope in Las Cruces. (Courtesy photo)
Students pound stakes into the ground with mallets.
NMSU Engineering Without Boundaries students recently laid out new tent pad sites for tents at Camp Hope at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope in Las Cruces. (Courtesy photo)
Three tent pad sites are in the foreground; tents are in the background.
NMSU Engineering Without Boundaries students laid out and built these tent pad sites at Camp Hope, located at the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope in Las Cruces. (Courtesy photo)

Engineering Without Boundaries, formerly know as Engineers Without Borders, conducts local and international service projects each year. The group?s annual banquet fundraiser will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Picacho Hills Country Club. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by calling 575-646-5499 or via email at ewb@nmsu.edu.

NMSU EWB President Matt Meyers will provide a presentation about EWB?s work, followed by the keynote presentation by futurist and NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Lowell Catlett.

Engineering Without Borders started last spring to help the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope?s homeless camp, Camp Hope, develop a site plan to assist with their rezoning efforts with the City of Las Cruces. The group also spent a portion of their summer break last year in Nicaragua rebuilding a dangerous footbridge.

Camp Hope?s site plan was approved by the City of Las Cruces in January, and the students have been working since then to lay out and build tent pads at the site, located off Amador Avenue. They also dug a drainage pond and built a berm around the camp.

?The students get jazzed about doing things to help others,? said NMSU EWB Adviser Kenny Stevens. ?We?re not short on people; in fact, we?ve had to turn volunteers away because 25 people showed up at Camp Hope, but we only had shovels for 10 people.?

EWB will travel to Queretaro, Mexico this summer to improve a water system for an isolated community of about 200 people. The community?s and surrounding agricultural lands? water needs are served with a single half-inch poly pipe to bring water down from mountain springs.

?The plan is to make a tank in town with 12 public stand pipes,? Stevens said. ?When those aren?t in use, water will feed the irrigation for the crops below.?

Stevens said the materials for the water project cost between $8,000 to $10,000, and the group has spent about $2,000 on supplies for Camp Hope. The cost for 20 students to travel to Queretaro is about $14,000.

?Aggies Go Global has been very supportive of this trip,? Stevens said. ?But, we still need to raise more money.?

The evening will begin with a happy hour and music, followed by dinner and the presentations.

The public is invited to attend the event. Tickets are available for $35 by calling 575-646-5499 or emailing ewb@nmsu.edu. To learn more about Engineering Without Boundaries, visit https://www.facebook.com/engineeringwithoutboundaries.nmsu.3?fref=ts or http://www.engineeringwithoutboundaries.org.