Rwanda Project

2014 - Present

During the 2017-2018 school year the Rwanda team has been preparing to travel to the Ngoma region of Rwanda in order to build a schoolhouse. This schoolhouse is being built for the students of the ESAPAN school. This school was created to help educate those who did not finish secondary school and low skilled workers in the region. During an Assessment trip in 2016, our EWB team found that the school’s primary problem is their lack of classroom space. The school tried bustling their own building with no success due to their lack of funding. This year, the Rwanda team has been working with a civil engineer to create floor plans for a new schoolhouse. Our team has been communicating regularly with our NGO John Paul to keep good relations with the community. Additionally, the team has been applying to numerous grants and looking for donors in order to fund the project. Finally the team has been exploring possible future projects for the community to complement the school house. With the designs almost finished, the Rwanda team’s goal is to travel to the region this summer in order to fulfill the implementation of our project.

Completed Projects

  • Assessment (2014)

Project Managers – Marshall Pittman and Kelsey Stowers

Current Efforts

  • Finish building the classroom
  • Ensure future safety and maintenance of the building


The Engineers Without Borders – UCSB partnered with the E.S.A.P.A.N private Adventist school in Rwanda in March of 2014. After a successful assessment trip to the school in August of 2014, the first project consists of the construction of a one-story school building approximately 65′ by 31′ in size. The building will house classes in construction job-training for both students and the community creating employment opportunities and infrastructure development.

The ESAPAN school and the town of Ngoma is approximately a 4-hour drive away from the capital, Kigali . It can only be accessed via a winding, dirt road that is currently under construction. 800 students, 297 of which are orphans of the Rwandan genocide, live at the school. 140 additional students commute. They learn in 13 classrooms, where the ratio of students to computers is 1:20 and the ration of students to latrines is 1:25. The population density of the community is low. Water is clean and abundant, and there are no problems with food.

The goal of the project is to cooperate with the community to improve life at the ESAPAN School and the area around it. The school officials identified several potential projects that would require assistance in the future. The relationship is intended to last as long as possible to ensure that all of needs of the community are met for years to come.

The community’s problem relevant to this project is a lack of skilled labor in construction as well as a number of school dropouts who are jobless and struggling to make a living. The overall goal is to help the school finish the community workshop building, ensure that it is safe, and will be maintained in the future. Using measurements, photos, and known materials (bricks, sand, concrete, wood, corrugated steel, glass) we will design the building in coordination with the school and use local labor and vendors to complete the workshop.