Engineering Brigades at the University of Manitoba

  • About
    University of Manitoba is a chapter of Global Engineering Brigades, an international movement of university students working alongside local communities and technicians to implement clean water systems in the developing world. Water systems are designed, planned, and budgeted with partner communities and local leaders are identified by the community to serve as the community’s Water Council, which collects monthly water fees from households to operate and maintain the constructed water system. It then takes several months of construction by volunteers, staff and community members to complete and can include several large scale components, such as dams and storage tanks in order to pipe clean water to individual homes. Engineering volunteers specifically work on the design and planning stages of the water projects to ensure that they can later be successfully constructed.

    In conjunction with our Water & Engineering Programs, Global Brigades also supports communities with healthcare, economic development and sanitation projects, and uniquely implements these programs in a holistic model to meet a community’s health and economic goals. Our model systematically builds community ownership and collaboratively executes programs with the end goal of sustainably evolving to a relationship of impact monitoring. To learn more, please visit




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University of Manitoba Engineering TeleBrigade December 2021 Honduras

Volunteer Activity Description
Global Brigades offers Engineering TeleBrigades, a virtual international volunteer program for people who are passionate about access to clean water. This opportunity is an international collaboration to improve access to clean potable water in rural Honduran communities. Each TeleBrigade is a live case study of engineering challenges that prevent a community’s access to potable water. Our bilingual on-the-ground teams guide volunteers to survey land, assess water sources, and ultimately design a full scale community-wide water system using the Epanet software. The program does not stop at design. Participants go further to actually budget the water system so our local teams can support the community to secure local governments or grant funding for construction. A portion of the cost of each volunteer’s donation goal goes toward matching funds to help achieve this.
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