ITT Funds Engineers Without Borders Project in Ethiopia
ITT Corporation, a diversified leading manufacturer of critical components and technology solutions for the energy, transportation and industrial markets, announced its partnership with the nonprofit Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) in April 2013. ITT will be funding a recent EWB-USA project in Mekelle, Ethiopia.
The project aims to improve the electrical infrastructure at the Mekelle School for the Blind. The project includes a redesigned system that better distributes the school’s limited power supply and corrects safety concerns such as inadequate wiring and aging circuit breakers. Additionally, an outdoor lighting system will be installed to improve safety. ITT’s contribution along with student and faculty volunteers at the EWB-USA Washington University chapter will help the nonprofit achieve this goal.
"It’s exciting to continue our work with Engineers Without Borders USA and further develop our ongoing partnership with the organization, especially as we celebrate National Philanthropy Day," says Jenny Schiavone, ITT’s chief communications officer. "Engineering is at the core of who we are and what we do, so we are pleased to have the opportunity to support this project, which will have such a positive impact within this community."
The nonprofit organization partners with communities around the world to develop sustainable solutions for basic infrastructure needs. It currently oversees more than 450 projects in 45 developing countries around the world.
"We are thrilled that ITT has chosen to support this vital project being led by our Washington University chapter," says Cathy Leslie, executive director of EWB-USA. "The group has had a presence in Mekelle since March 2011, working with local residents to make improvements to the town’s infrastructure needs. ITT’s support will help strengthen the chapter’s commitment to the community and aid in the execution and sustainment of this important project."
Implementation of the project is planned for January 2014.
Source: ITT Goulds