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Habitat for Humanity, Vietnam - Engineers Without Borders Australia

EWB Challenge - Habitat for Humanity Vietnam

In 2012 Engineers Without Borders Australia and Habitat for Humanity Vietnam have worked together to identify a range of relevant student projects. Students are invited to develop innovative and appropriate project solutions that can make a real contribution towards the sustainable development of the Anh Minh district within the Kien Giang province on the Mekong Delta.

This years challenge has been separated into six design areas including housing design and construction, water and sanitation, energy, waste management, transport and information communications and technology.

The Mekong Delta region is located in the Southern tip of Vietnam, it is one of the most productive agricultural regions in South East Asia, providing up to 50% of the Vietnam’s rice requirements. Despite its importance it remains one of the poorest regions in Vietnam, lagging behind the rest of the country in areas such as education, and infrastructure. As an important agricultural region, the Mekong Delta is particularly vulnerable to environmental problems, and without sustainable management the future is uncertain.

Habitat for Humanity’s vision for the Mekong Delta is a place where every family has access to safe housing, a clean water supply, and sanitation facilities. In the past year HFHV volunteers have built and repaired 87 houses. HFHV has also run a microfinance program to help locals afford to upgrade their sanitation systems, as well as providing financial education and scholarships. HFHV places a high priority on sustainable solutions for their construction and repair projects, and using environmentally friendly building materials.

EWB Challenge Program & Design Overview

Participate in the 2012 EWB Challenge to assist the development of the An Minh district in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. You can download the design brief and program guidelines below:


EWB Challenge Design Brief

EWB Challenge Design Brief - Habitat for Humanity Vietnam Appendix

2012 EWB Challenge program rules

2012 EWB Challenge submission requirements

2012 EWB Challenge review criteria

Design Considerations

Students should consider the following throughout the design process:
  • Aligns with Habitat’s goals and values
  • Design should be innovative, low cost, small-scale, affordable and appropriate.
  • Design should take into account cultural customs, local norms and religion.
  • Proposed solution must be sustainable through considering the way that local materials, skills and knowledge of the local community are used.
  • Designs should be durable and take into account the natural environment, including disasters and climate change and sustainable land management.

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The EWB Challenge is one of many programs supported by Engineers Without Borders Australia. To become an EWB member or to contact your local chapter please click here.

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Origin of the EWB Challenge

The Engineers Without Borders Australia Challenge (EWB Challenge) is an Australasian design program for first-year university students. Students work in teams to develop conceptual designs for sustainable development that contribute towards real international development projects. Follow this link for more background information.