Service Without Borders (SWB) is a student-led, interdisciplinary organization whose mission is to share the spirit of Virginia Tech’s motto, Ut Prosim, locally and globally by partnering with communities in need through cross-cultural exchanges. Since its creation in 2014 by three Virginia Tech students, SWB now includes over 40 student members, two international projects, Nepal and Tanzania, and numerous local projects throughout Blacksburg and Christiansburg. SWB projects engage students in real-world design, project management, construction, marketing, fundraising, and cultural experiences that focus on sustainable development for community partners.
The SWB Tanzania project is partnered with the Engaruka Community Initiative Organization and the Maasai Education Foundation to help facilitate growth of the newly built Engaurka English Medium Primary School (EEMPS). EEMPS was built in 2016 with the help of SWB students, and now operates with 73 students in primary, first, and second grade. For the past two summers, SWB has traveled to Engaruka to assist in the construction of the school's first classroom building, guest housing, and a brick kiln, and has also helped to maintain the schools facilities by painting the school's fascia and patching cement. Additionally, SWB provided funds to supply the EEMPS's new dining hall with electricity. All of SWB's projects, fundraising, and volunteer work operate under the direction of our Tanzanian partners and in accordance with the community's needs.
In the summer of 2019, SWB will return to Engaruka to construct a playground at EEMPS. The playground is one of the remaining few requirements necessary for the school to earn accreditation from the Tanzanian government. SWB is planning to build soccer (football) fields, a swing set, monkey bars, see-saws, and a climbing structure for the students using resources from Playground Ideas.
Your tax-deductible donation will support the third implementation trip this July for six students and two faculty members. This traveling team will focus all of our efforts on the construction of this playground. In addition, since we want to keep long term and sustainable relationships with the communities we work with, this trip will assess the need for future projects, specifically possible construction and educational projects. We need money to subsidize travel costs for the students and to buy materials and parts for the construction portion of the trip.