Volunteer plumbers from UA Local 32 and several industry supporters came together to support the construction of family food-growing plots serving the community including many immigrants and refugees, who are now able to enjoy growing some of their own food, while building community and resilience. This project was initiated and managed by the New Roots program of the International Rescue Committee.

A perfect example of SDG #6 and SDG #17 working in harmony! PWB partnered with Engineers Without Borders, NYC Professional Chapter to complete another phase of empowering the local Self-Help Group of Misuuni to construct a rainwater harvesting and distribution system to serve their school and families with safe clean water.

Jeff Morgan, PWB volunteer plumber : Middle photo, Green hat, glasses, with 2 happy apprentices / Top left: EWB team with local residents/ Lower left: Townspeople preparing for the cement pads for the tanks/Lower right: EWB team and local residents.


Previous Update (June 2019): Volunteer plumber has been selected! Thank you to all who responded!

Jeff Morgan, retired plumber from Kansas City, is headed to Kenya with the team this August/2019. A fundraiser to help purchase materials is located here : Please help support the success of this project and this dedicated all-volunteer team. Thanks!


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The New York City Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is seeking an experienced mechanical project manager for the Misuuni project in Machakos County Kenya for the last 2 weeks of April 2019. Airfare, room, and board to be reimbursed after travel upon submittal of an acceptable expense report. NYC-based plumber preferred but not essential. Fluency in Swahili preferred but not essential.

The current goal is to improve the rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems at the Miumbuni Primary School – a school with over 600 students and staff. Design is currently underway and is similar to the system installed in August 2018 at the Misuuni Primary School – with nearly 300 students and staff.
The mechanical construction manager will be tasked with overseeing construction of the mechanical portions of the work. This includes the tanks, piping, and gutters. A civil construction manager will have already completed tank foundation pads. MDSHG assists with procurement of material and hiring of labor. The construction manager ensures that the material is of suitable quality, the construction is sound, and makes necessary adjustments as needed.

Volunteers are invited and encouraged to join EWB ($30. per year) as membership  includes access to travel protocol services, ie., travel advisory service and insurance.

If you are available and interested in helping with this project please contact:

Domenico DiGregorio


This project will replace a small school building that was destroyed by an earthquake. 

 It includes a request for latrines and a kitchen, so it will have a sanitation component,

and possibly a sanitation education component. The EWB-MN chapter is planning the

various phases for the buildout of retrofit of the school, latrine pits, and the kitchen facility,

and could use your skills, knowledge and field experience in the design and implementation phases.

 EWB-MN has also designed/installed Rain Harvesting and water distribution systems

 and could use your plumbing/pipefitting expertise and skills on similar projects.

Share your plumbing skills and work in unison with the community to change lives, theirs and your own.          We can make a difference all working together!

If you are interested to learn more about volunteering your skills and knowledge to help the

people of San Andres Sajcabaja, please contact:                                          

Project Contact:

John Chlebeck


International Rescue Committee (Phoenix) is seeking plumbing assistance (volunteers) to renovate/upgrade and expand water distribution and drainage systems in their existing aquaponic farm garden community food hub. Volunteer update status in process.
Potential plumbing volunteers having experience with ADA bathroom design/installation, and or irrigation and specialty piping systems are also encouraged to participate in the pre-planning design process.

Project location and description:
CamelbackYard Community Food Hub:
1616 Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85015

Priority Items- Phase 1:

  •  Assess existing plumbing infrastructure onsite for usability and connection to city sewer system.
  • ADA Bathroom planning and installation: ADA accessible restroom on site, in the Front House, and
    connection for trailer with ADA bathroom.

Phase 2:

  •  Develop specifications for improvements to greenhouse wash sink
  •  Assess aquaponics system for potential improvements or maintenance
  •  Develop Specifications for urban farm irrigation system?

Project Contact: Beth Anne Martin – Contact email :
Contact phone : 4807932162

NEDI is a registered nonprofit, non-Governmental Organization based in Kitu Town, Kitui District, Eastern Province in Kenya, East Africa, assisting impoverished water scarce communities to drill wells, construct earth dams, and installing piped water systems for domestic or agricultural use, to increase living standards and empower economic opportunities.
The Nyanyaa Earth Dam (15,000m3) reservoir project, with perimeter fencing will provide the community with piped water to multiple outlets for domestic use, and enhanced conservation for planting trees. A dedicated water trough outside the fenced reservoir area will be provided and monitored for livestock watering.
This reservoir will dramatically shorten the distance for women and children burdened with fetching water from 3.7 miles (6km), to about 1500 ft (500m), as well as reduce safety issues and virtually eliminate water borne diseases from contaminated water.
Nyanyaa Earth Dam is owned, operated and maintained by the communities 1230 residents. The sustainability of the project will be met through income accrued from water sales within the community, with a dedicated account used for payment of caretakers, maintenance and salaries for water kiosk attendance and overall running of the project.

Community development skills of all kinds are needed!

If you would like to offer your assistance to this project, please contact:

Cellphone: +254 724 996 346

Thank you!

The Community Support Mission in Tanzania, is reaching out for volunteer plumbers to lend their skills and knowledge to help with a Gravity Water Supply community water project. The water source for this project is a stream flowing 1,058,889 liters a day (279,728 gallons). This project overseen by the District Water Administrative Official, and coordinated with CSM and volunteers, will supply water to a primary school, a secondary school, Health Center Dispensary, and to neighboring villages totaling 4,418 people who will be served.

The new water system piping and filtering system will greatly reduce chronic water borne diseases, and provide a reliable and inexpensive fee based water service. This system will be installed and maintained by the community, empowering the villagers to grow sustainable marketable crops and create other economic opportunities, eliminating the danger in unsecure areas to young children and women tasked with fetching water.

The Iringa region project is located within the southern Tanzania highlands, bordering with national parks of Ruaha, Miumi, Seluu, Udizung’wa, and Kutulo God’s Garden. Project is planned for 2018 with a proposed timeline of 2 weeks to completion.

CSM will cover cost of lodging and local travel in-country.

Air travel, volunteer insurance, medical and evacuation insurance, vaccinations and any other costs are the responsibility of volunteers.

Here are some Travel Advisory websites for Tanzania:

Please see their website for more information:
Contact : Mr. Jonathan Mulokozi:
CSM Ilala, Dar es salaam
Tanzania , East Africa
Tel: +255 746 70 3270
Cell: +255 (0) 656 46 5389

EACO is looking for volunteers to help with the construction of 40 boreholes in the rural areas of Mukono, outside Kampala, Uganda, with two boreholes already drilled. EACO’s work is critical in saving lives and improving overall community health, especially by reducing diarrheal diseases, caused by unsafe water. Many families often face no other choice but to send their children to fetch water from wells 5-9km away. An added challenge to these villages’ water supply is that the water from ponds is being shared with livestock, causing contamination and frequent cases of malaria, typhoid, and diarrhea. Lack of safe drinking water in the district of Mukono also affects the economy and the ecosystem. By improving health, boys and girls will have better opportunities for education, enabling them to be leaders in guiding future development.
Vented Latrine pit construction is included as a significant part of the borehole projects, and consequently improving community health, by reducing the risk of contaminating the water resource due to the practice of open defecation. The ventilated latrine pits offer a safe and secure sanitary solution and the potential to provide villagers with compostable soil enrichment material, enabling the development of sustainable agricultural cash crops to market.
EACO could also use your help with research for Donors, and Funding for this life-saving work, which could be done online without the need to travel!
If you would like to offer your time and skills, please contact:
Shadrak Kyobe – +256774310393 Kampala, Uganda
Thank you!

If you are a plumber, plumbing company or distributor in the Riverdale, Georgia area and would like to volunteer your skills, or donate fixtures to help Gabrielle’s Place, they have a need for:  a 3-compartment sink and faucet, small grease trap, and a hand sink and faucet, donated and installed. Your assistance would will have a positive and lasting impact in this community!
Gabrielle’s Place is a non-profit organization that provides resources for families affected by poverty. Their goal is to provide families in need with the tools and support services that will assist them in becoming stable. They collaborate with teams, groups, and organizations throughout the country to work collectively to address the needs of families affected by poverty.
If you would like to donate fixtures or volunteer to help Gabrielle’s Place, please contact:
Dawn Glover – founder and project coordinator at:

Facebook :

Gabrielle’s Place 6989 Highway 85 Riverdale, Georgia 30274
Thank you!


Please consider offering your plumbing/mechanical skills to help United Action for Children(UAC): support and improve the lives of women, children and the community who are suffering from the lack of safe water and sanitation.
Under this project, UAC is actively involved in the development of rural communities through the provision of piped water and sanitary systems with local community members who need the help of volunteer skilled tradespeople.
UAC project is targeting the Mbio village in the Tinto Municipality, South West Cameroon, where 95%of the population defecate in open fields. The prevalence of water related diseases is exacerbated by a lack of knowledge and proper hygiene and sanitation services.
During the past ten years, UAC has implemented community development activities in Buea and Mamfe and has through these activities developed new thinking and practice in participatory community action and community mobilization.
While considering this volunteer opportunity, please be advised that all travel expenses including visa, vaccinations and transport are the responsibility of the volunteer.
For more information about this project please contact:
Orock Thomas – Project Coordinator
United Action for Children P. O. Box 177
Muyuka, SWP Cameroon Tel: 237 7720418 Fax: 237 3322769

*Cameroon registered non profit No. 557/G37/014/1/VO4/T/T/OAPP.



Please consider offering your plumbing/mechanical skills to help RHF support and improve the lives of women and children, who are victims of rape.
RHF currently operates in rural Jinja, Kamul & Buyende, Uganda.
“To strengthen organizational capacity to improve socio-economic status of rural women and wellbeing of children in central and north eastern Uganda by 2021.”

RHF will focus on establishing water and sanitation facilities in schools, households and communities, conducting hygiene and sanitation improvement trainings, introducing new water and sanitation technologies, creating spaces for citizens to engage, influence and demand improved water, sanitation and hygiene facilities from decision makers.

To contribute to reduction of gender disparities in education and children in vulnerable situations by 2021, RHF will ensure access to quality education and vocational training.

To increase literacy levels, vocational and life skills for women, youth and vulnerable children by 2021 RHF will support vocational skills development, adult education and capacity building.

For more information regarding RHF projects please contact:
Helen H. L. Tanyinga
Executive Director
Learn more here:


Ecuador Tierra Viva Foundation works toward improving access to safe water and sanitation, by installing, upgrading, repairing and maintaining systems in rural community schools.

Potential projects cover a wide range of social necessities including: Installation of water and sanitation systems, improvement of school and childcare infrastructure, provision of teaching resources, promotion of ancestral heritage, protection of archaeological sites, and environmental conservation through agricultural innovation and reforestation. Various projects are already in process while others seek  funding, expertise and scheduling with the community groups involved.

Please consider offering your plumbing knowledge and skills to their projects and improving the lives of school children and the community. Sharing your knowledge and skills, you will not only improve health conditions, but also aid in helping the community to create the baseline for economic opportunity. You will be humbled by the generosity of the people, and overjoyed with having the experience of a lifetime.

Spanish language skills are advantageous but not required. Potential volunteers are expected to pay their travel expenses, and ETV requests a $150 per week donation to cover costs of volunteer lodging in a local bed/breakfast.

Thank you for considering this organization! For more information, please contact Paulina Vivanco at Ecuador Tierra Viva :


Helping Hands 4 Africa would like to utilize your skills and knowledge in Uganda to develop and construct 5 wells for rural schools, that will provide clean safe drinking water for the students and community.
*Rain harvesting and upgrading pit latrine collection are potential projects when funding is finalized.

HH4Africa is a community based organization with multiple initiatives to improve the health and quality of life for poor communities of Uganda. NGO’s and the government have made improvements, but due to increasing population, scaling up coverage of water, sanitation, energy and infrastructure remains a serious issue.

The majority of the HH4Africa volunteers, are placed in rural areas of eastern Uganda although projects do also exist in other parts of the country. Potential volunteers will be working with the community leaders responsible for the project, and will likely stay with a host family involved in the construction of the wells.

*Volunteers with plumbing/mechanical skills are encouraged to apply. HH4Africa recommends if you can to stay at least 4 weeks, but 2 week stints can be helpful especially with your specific skills and knowledge.

HH4Africa is a volunteer run community organization with limited funding, thereby request volunteers are prepared to cover most of their travel and related personal expenses.

For more info, please contact:

Contact: Bogere Ali


Helping Hands 4 Africa

Aiming to improve sanitation for 100 million people by 2020 with an award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • SaTo products are designed to improve the user experience and safety of open-pit latrines
  • Over one million units are currently in use in over 14 countries
  • The Sato series today consists of several variations, adapted to suit local practices

TOKYO, JAPAN — LIXIL Corporation (“LIXIL”), a global leader in housing and building materials, products and services, today announced that it has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the expansion of its SaTo (“Safe Toilet”) business activities, providing affordable, aspirational solutions to people that lack access to proper sanitation.

SaTo products are designed to improve the user experience and safety of open-pit latrines. They are refined yet affordably priced and simple to install. They utilize an airtight counterweighted trap-door to prevent odors and the transmission of disease. First developed by LIXIL’s American Standard Brands with previous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, over one million units are currently in use in over 14 countries, starting with Bangladesh and now including the Philippines, India, Uganda, Kenya and Haiti.

Kinya Seto, LIXIL President and CEO, said, “As the global leader in sanitary ware, LIXIL is uniquely positioned to contribute to tackling global sanitation issues through innovative products and a sustainable business focused-approach. LIXIL has set a goal to improve sanitation for 100 million people by 2020, and SaTo products will play a leading role in reaching this target. We look forward to now increasing SaTo’s presence in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where these products can make a meaningful difference.”

Jim McHale, Ph.D., Vice President, LIXIL, and General Manager of the SaTo business unit, commented, “SaTo products offer a simple and affordable solution that can help improve the lives of people in low-income and off-grid areas suffering from poor sanitary conditions. We are now accelerating the scaling-up of the SaTo business, using the expertise we have developed in Japan, the U.S. and globally, to tackle poor sanitation. I would like to thank the Gates Foundation for its support, which will help us improve access to SaTo products in developing countries worldwide.”

Brian Arbogast, Director of the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said, “Inadequate sanitation is a pressing global problem, adversely affecting the health and prosperity of billions of people in low-resource setting. We are honored to partner with Lixil to explore and scale innovative product solutions that will expand sanitation access and improve outcomes for the poorest and most vulnerable around the world.”

During the SaTo development phase, engineers underwent a number of technological design iterations and field tests similar to designing high-end toilets, including computational analyses of flushing and fluid mechanisms. The Sato series today consists of several variations, adapted to suit local practices, cultures and regulations. This is the third grant provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the development of SaTo products.