Global water brigades
Global Water Brigades (GWB) is one of the 9 program areas of Global Brigades, a national non-profit working in Honduras, Nicaragua, Ghana, and Panama to improve the health and well-being of communities—GWB at BU works in Honduras, specifically. Students work on campus and in-country to implement sustainable solutions to, and increase awareness and education about water related issues. Our mission is to empower communities to access sufficient clean water through infrastructural development, water treatment, community leader training, and education.
While in Honduras, Water Brigades Volunteers assist in designing and implementing water systems to prevent water related illnesses in communities with limited access to clean water. The time spent digging trenches and laying down pipelines is complemented by educational workshops in which we teach the community about proper administration, operation, and maintenance of their water system. A Water Council and Basic Sanitation Committee are established in communities to ensure the sustainability of the community’s system as well as to improve sanitation and hygiene practices. With a holistic approach to development we plan to continue working with communities to improve their health and standard of living through the most fundamental resource on the planet, water.
Volunteers do not need water engineering experience prior to a Water Brigade, nor do they need any Spanish language skills. Students do not need to travel to Honduras to be a part of the club and directly impact the health of communities. Global Water Brigades on BU campus works to develop educational materials, host awareness events, and advocate for water rights both locally and internationally.