Social Project of the Year Award
The North West branch was formed in December 2010 by a group of nine graduate engineers from various organisations in the region.
Their first project was a medical waste incinerator for Kumi Hospital in Uganda, which was completed in the summer of 2012.
March 2017 - Zak Jones and EFOD NW gain prestigious ICE Award - link to more details.
ICE NW Awards 2015
The judges awarded a 'Specially Commended' to Engineers for Overseas Development
North West for its 'Grain for Gain' Project, which saw volunteers from around the region design a grain store
for the Mam Riang Women's Co-operative in Nyakoi, Eastern Uganda, raise funds for its completion,
and travel to East Africa to build the store.
Will Smith, a civil engineer based at Mott MacDonald in Manchester, who led the Grain for Gain project,
won the 'Volunteer of the Year' Award.
EFOD North West successfully completed their 'Grain for Gain' project on 12th September 2014.
The Mam Riang Women's Cooperative group's 50+ members all survive on subsistence farming and are currently trapped
in a cycle of food poverty. The store will provide a sustainable and secure source of food for their families all year round,
and allow excess produce to be sold for a profit outside of harvest season, generating income to feed back into the community.
Sixteen EFOD volunteers travelled to Uganda in pairs to carry out the construction phase of
the project, in turn developing their own skills and experience as young engineers, as well as
ensuring the success of the project. Despite many challenges the project was completed on time
and on budget, to the delight of the whole community.
Link to our 'Grain for Gain' slideshow on YouTube
The EFOD team not only managed the construction of the building but also carried out a series
of training sessions for the cooperative members in agricultural techniques and the skills needed
to run the grain store. We will be working with the Mam Riang ladies over the coming months
to ensure the success of the store.
The group has now adopted Kathy's Centre for Act4Africa as their next scheme.
Kathy's Centre will be a groundbreaking women's centre in the Mayuge District, Uganda.
It will provide a multi-functional space and become the new operational centre for Act4Africa.