Staff Praised for Global Service

Forbes writer gives kudos to Seattle U’s Professionals Without Boundaries
2011-02-28
By Stacy Howard
PWOB

Nearly 900 million people worldwide don’t have clean drinking water. Forbes writer T. Scott Gross recently hailed Seattle U staff members for being part the solution in getting adequate water to those in need. Challenges like this affect the lives of people globally on a daily basis. Struggling to survive is a regular part of the lives of billions. In 2007, a group of Seattle University professionals (started by plumbers, electricians and trades professionals in the Seattle University facilities department) established Professionals Without Boundaries. PWOB members are driven to educate students to serve and lead sustainable service projects that help people in need.  Most projects are small, taking one week or less to complete, and are geared toward installing or improving infrastructure for basic human needs, such as water projects. 

“Seattle University addresses elementary needs at the most basic level. The measurable impact of this program and these projects is already staggering,” Gross wrote. “For example, schools in several countries have improved water systems, and a rebuilt, washed out roadway now supports travel to and from a rural medical clinic.” 

Future projects include: Installation of a water system to 350 families in rural Nicaragua, installation of a gray water irrigation system for an orphanage in Belize and completion of a medical clinic and nurses’ quarters in the remote community of Chipembele, Zambia, serving a rural region of 14,000 people.