Delegate Spotlight: Kelsey McWilliams

The picture above is of Kelsey's Engineers Without Borders Chapter members from their experience in Malawi.

The picture above is of Kelsey's Engineers Without Borders Chapter members from their experience in Malawi.

Kelsey McWIlliams is a student at the University of Delaware. She is currently president of Engineers Without Borders University of Delaware Chapter. Read on to find out more about Kelsey and her inspirational work!

The project Kelsey's organization is currently working on is located in the Sakata region of Malawi. The intent of this project is to provide the residents within the villages of Liti, Chillimani, Nkagula, Kanyenda, and Phero with clean and easily accessible drinking water. They have partnered with the local NGO Blantyre Synod Health and Development Commission in order to complete this project. After months of communication and planning, EWB-DB was able to send students to Malawi to meet the villagers as well as to collect data.

Their team survey individual households in each village to collect data on the general health of the residing family, their accessibility to water, and the possible impacts and effects of their current water accessibility and quality. The team also used handheld GPS unites to map the village boundaries, the main sources of water, and the housing clusters within each village. They enlisted the help of local government officials to complete this.  The work the team has accomplished this year is important for designing and implementing a successful clean water distribution system in the future. It also allows students to to be comfortable starting other projects in various parts of the world to enhance global development.

MCC2014 brings together diverse students from all over the world to discuss extreme poverty. It is summits like these that take the leaders of today, and create a network of innovated, talented, global citizens enhancing the development of the world. I want to attend to be apart of that network. I want to attend MCC2014 not only to grow as a leader and a human being, but to gain various perspectives of the world from other talented leaders joining the conference. I also want to attend to take time to reflect on where my project with Engineers Without Borders is headed and learn valuable lessons on how to be successful in the future. I want to change the world, no matter how small and I want to be apart of MCC2014 to be immersed for a weekend with those of similar mindsets and more importantly to grow from those people. 

On attending MCC 2014, Kelsey says: "I can gain, simply more tools to increase my ability to positively impact the world.  I will gain invaluable experiences from the second I step off the plane. In a short three days, I will walk away more confident to continue changing the world one small step at a time. EWB-UD will also gain insight from professionals and other students in how to grow as well as overcome various problems we are facing. 

I can offer an open mindset, a positive outgoing attitude as well as a strong desire to meet the majority of other participants. EWB-UD has already completed two projects enhancing the development of the world. Through these project, a bridge in Guatemala and a water distribution system in Cameroon, I have trouble shot problems both in and out of country. I can offer this knowledge and first hand experience to other groups and projects going through similar problems."

Kelsey, as well as many other student leaders from across the globe, will be joining us this October 10-12th, 2014 at the 6th Annual Millennium Campus Conference. There, they and other students will be exchanging ideas and talking about how to achieve the UN Millennium Goals. in addition, everyone will be able to attend keynote speeches by influential global leaders such as Nicholas KristofDr. Paul Farmer, among others. Apply now!