We founded Gabon’s first fully recognized chapter of Engineers Without Borders, a major nonprofit humanitarian organization that supports community-driven development programs worldwide. Our programs engage volunteers in local sustainability activities to improve living conditions in underdeveloped communities.
Addressing a long-standing and persistent waste-management problem in Libreville, EWB-Gabon is working with two community organizations to help two underserved neighborhoods—approximately 550 residents—understand the links between their trash problem and flooding problems, and thus develop solutions to keep drainage channels clear. In addition to flooding mitigation, EWB-Gabon explores other community-centric opportunities like improving school restroom facilities and waste management.
These community efforts complement broader Bechtel-l’Agence Nationale des Grands Travaux (ANGT) activities to site and design the city’s first engineered landfill to help remove mountains of waste from neighborhood streets and minimize its contact with groundwater, improving community health.
Investing in youth
In a country where 36 percent of those between the ages of 16 and 24 are unemployed, Bechtel and its partner Junior Achievement® launched a new program to engage young people and teach them practical business skills. Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating young people about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.
The program reached 300 young adults in its first year, with the expectation to reach many more in years to come. Bechtel people show their dedication to this program by volunteering to plan courses, mentor students, and judge business-plan competitions.