Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Ole Miss Engineers for Togo Campaign Update

Video courtesy of Ignite Ole Miss’ Youtube

Dear Ole Miss Friends and Family,

We are now three weeks into our campaign and are thrilled to report that we have raised $14,125 from 62 donors. We are 70% to our goal of $20,000 and have 16 days left to raise the remaining $5,875! We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for our project and want to thank all our generous donors.

We have had a busy week in our preparations for our trip to Togo! We are excited to announce that the airline tickets for our trip have been purchased. We were also happy to welcome WTVA News reporter, Gabriel Austin, to campus who featured our upcoming trip on the Thursday evening news.

Before our trip, we want to introduce you to some of the travelers who will be participating in Engineering Without Border’s (EWB) Togo trip. Vera Gardner is a Junior Mechanical Engineering major at the University of Mississippi from Memphis, Tennessee. She has a passion for learning languages and studying language. She is fluent in Spanish and is earning a minor in Portuguese and Linguistics. At Ole Miss, Vera has served as secretary and VP of Design for Engineers Without Borders and as secretary of the Society for Women Engineers. Additionally, Vera is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the Center for Manufacturing Excellence programs.

Vera enjoys traveling and has been to various areas in the U.S., Germany, Honduras, Ecuador, Brazil, and Togo once before with EWB. In her free time, Vera likes to relax and ride her bike. She is looking forward to traveling to Togo in order to help a community in need while being able to implement knowledge learned at Ole Miss and gaining more experience while working with fellow students and professors. She is grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the value of service, planning, and communication.

Please help continue our dedicated team’s mission to effect positive change in the lives of rural Togolese. Make a donation today!

In addition to your financial support, you can help by becoming an ambassador for our campaign. Share our crowdfunding project with your friends and family via email or social media! #OleMiss4Togo


Jamie Douglas
EWB-Ole Miss President

Cris Surbeck
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Update courtesy Ignite Ole Miss

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