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The Ole Miss Engineers Without Borders team visited Togo, West Africa, over winter intersession to build a school for the children of the Hedome village. Photo courtesy Sudu Upadhyay

UM Engineers Without Borders team finishes school construction project in Togo

By Edwin Smith

A team of University of Mississippi students and faculty has finished a service project that was years in the making. Between August 2012 and January 2014, the UM Engineers Without Borders student chapter successfully designed and built a school for the Hedome Village in the West African nation of Togo. Three faculty members representing the School of Engineering and the Meek School of Journalism and New Media accompanied 12 students to the impoverished nation. During two separate two-week trips, team members modified the designs they made to accommodate unforeseen complications of inadequate equipment and building materials.

“This has truly been a life-changing service experience for many,” said Marni Kendricks, assistant dean of engineering and EWB co-faculty adviser. “I could not possibly be more proud of our students!”

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