Holiday Spirit – Giving Back Locally

EWB PMP meEWB Project Dec. 2016 A (1)mbers were invited to share their holiday spirit by donating gifts and/or cash to complete a list of needs for the family. No chapter funds were used. As usual, the PMP chapter did an outstanding job! Warm clothing, diapers, household items, children’s books, favorite food items, and a toy for each child were all provided. The family was indeed thankful.

The Kadhim family immigrated to Portland from Baghdad, Iraq because they were threatened by their association with American contractors there. The father, AliEWB Project Dec. 2016 D, is a civil engineer. He currently works at LL Bean and is taking classes to obtain his Maine PE license. The mother, Nabaa, is a math professor who taught at the University of Baghdad. In August 2014, she gave birth prematurely to triplets –  two girls and a boy. She has been at home with the children because day care is very costly and they’ve had developmental challenges due to their prematurity. Nabaa hopes to resume teaching math once they are ready for school. The triplets continue to make great developmental progress as they approach 3 years of age.

STEM Outreach

EWB-PMP has  been active in the Greater Portland community through partnership with the Portland Middle School STEM program, as well as other middle schools in Southern Maine, to introduce students to our projects and engineering concepts.

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Kathy Hillman Reed talking with Scarborough students about the importance of clean water

During IMG_2265Spring 2016, we continued our work by engaging with middle school students at Greely (MSAD 51) and Scarborough, where we made presentations on our water project in Dorgobom, Ghana.   We also did a presentation for Kennebunk High School students on Dorgobom and our school project in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia.  We attended Massabesic (rsu57) Middle School’s Invention Convention where students created over 100 innovative products in accordance with an established set of rules for development and presentation of their inventions.   The picture to the left is of a light that can be attached to a horse’s reins, in effect a headlamp for the horse, created by student Kassidy Lang.

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We’ll be continuing work with these schools during the 2016-2017 school year as well as South Portland, Portland, and North Yarmouth Academy (NYA).  In the meantime, NYA generously provided a week of summer camp and student Jenna Block  donated this beautiful photo for our Portland Uncorked! 2016 silent auction  in February (see picture to right).  Thank you so much, NYA – we’re looking forward to working with you!!!


Portland Adult Ed

cl1 - CopyWe have also been assisting Portland Adult Education in helping immigrant and refugee engineers who’ve moved here from other countries determine any training and/or certification requirements that might be necessary in order to obtain engineering-related jobs here in Maine.