The UAB Engineers in Service and Learning student chapter is partnering with a Birmingham based construction company, grass-roots community leaders, and an Alabama based non-profit organization to construct a training facility in Lusaka, Zambia. Since 1979, this non-profit has trained thousands of community leaders from developing countries in practical, self-help skills and sustainable community development principles. The Lusaka training facility will allow this work in Africa to expand in an efficient manner. Engineering students have been involved in partnership development, project planning, design, and fund-raising. Facility construction began in May of 2010 with UAB students working side-by-side with local Zambians. This project represents a long term commitment by the students and their partners. They will remain involved in the construction phase for approximately two years, and then will continue to use their academic skills to assist with training as the facility begins to function as a learning center.
We greatly appreciate the funding from B.L. Harbert International Construction.