Following Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, Notre Dame University engineers began a housing initiative there through its program Engineering2Empower. According to the South Bend Tribune, students, faculty, and contractors have built two prototypes of the inexpensive but effective homes on their campus.
E2E includes two advisers and about 20 engineering students looking to restore housing in the Haitian community of Leogane. But it’s not just engineering, as the group welcomes students studying everything from business to marketing to political science. Poor construction techniques in Haiti left around 250,000 dead after an earthquake that was not considered remarkably strong, according to the Tribune. E2E doesn’t just stop at building homes though. According to their website, they strive to make sustainable projects that take cultural, political, and market factors into consideration.
Civil engineering student Angelene Dascanio said in the article “what keeps me working year to year on this house is its cause and its impact… it’s going to mean so much to thousands of people.”