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EWB Princeton chapter finishes library in Ghana

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Uploaded on Oct 10, 2011

In the summer of 2011, five students from the Princeton Engineers Without Borders Ghana team traveled to Ashaiman, Ghana, to finish the construction of a community library. This trip was the culmination of a three-year project to provide the area with improved education and digital resources. The finished structure is now fully operational and open to the public. The library features electric lighting and fans, 37 netbooks and a charging station, and more than 7,000 labeled and catalogued books.

The EWB Princeton students were in Ashaiman for two months in 2011. This video chronicles their experiences with construction, community outreach, cultural immersion, and personal growth. Over the course of their time in Ghana, the members of the EWB team were involved in hands-on construction tasks, oversight activities, educational sessions with students and teachers, and forays into Ghana's culture, history, and natural beauty. The travel team members were Buse Aktas '14, Jeremy Blair '13, Cole Freeman '14, Elizabeth O'Grady '13, and Akhil Reddy '13.

Funders for the EWB Ghana library initiative include the Class of 1978 Fund, the Fred Fox '39 Fund, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, the Norman D. Kurtz '58 Fund, the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Princeton Grand Challenges Initiative, the Woodrow Wilson School for Public Policy, the Thornton Tomasetti Grant Foundation, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Video by Jeremy Blair.

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