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Fiji 2020

39 Weber State University Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and community members traveled to Nambouwalu, Fiji over Spring Break to finish projects undertaken in 2019 such as delivering and setting up a computer classroom with 30 computers. The group constructed a covered walkway on all sidewalks and walkways between classrooms on the Vuya District School campus. The group enjoyed working side by side with their Fijian brothers and sisters. The group enjoyed working at the local hospital, teaching classes in grades kindergarten to 8th grade, playing rugby and just socializing with the villagers over great food and dancing daily. It was amazing to hear the school kids chanting "Weber State, Weber State, Great, Great, Great"!

Fiji 2020 Gallery (SmugMug)

 

Fiji 2019

37 Weber State University Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and community members traveled to Nambouwalu, Fiji in May 2019 to improve a primary school in a forgotten village that is suffering from long term devastation from Cyclones that ravaged their village. The group constructed a computer classroom, teacher offices, sick bay for children, and addition to an existing pre-school. The projects were augmented by rainwater harvesting for back up water to be used during the dry season and murals to remind everyone that they are now part of a larger Weber Family. The group enjoyed working side by side with the locals and school children to construct the projects and feel the projects were a huge success to give a hand up instead of a hand out to their Fijian brothers and sisters.

“These are life-changing experiences for not only those receiving the service, but for all of us who are privileged to render the service” said Jeremy Farner, Building Design & Construction associate professor and trip adviser.

"Fiji was the experience of a lifetime. More than just a paradise, an opportunity to give back. To encounter culture and adventure lasting a thousand lifetimes. With bonds of new friendships as deep as the ocean between us" - Student

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WSU Fiji Photo Gallery

Shed built by WSU students

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

This shed was built by the Construction & Building Sciences department for the home across the street from Bonneville HS.

Students installed the decking on the top and bottom of the front deck.

Ogden family gets much more than new home in 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Standard-Examiner)

First Ogden family to receive 'Extreme' home makeover revealed (Standard-Examiner)

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WSU Collaborates on Net-Zero House for Parade of Homes

OGDEN, Utah – A unique partnership among Weber State University, Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties, Dominion Energy, Rocky Mountain Power, Davis Technical College and Ogden-Weber Technical College will result in the first affordable net-zero home to be featured in the Northern Wasatch Parade of Homes July 5-20.

Ultimately, the 2,000 square-foot house will belong to a mother and six children, who lost their home to the tornado that hit Ogden in 2016. Since losing their home, the family has been separated; some of the children have stayed with relatives.

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Standard-Examiner Article

Habitat for Humanity and WSU Dedicate Home for Homeless Veteran Student

When a homeless veteran of the Gulf War entered Weber State University, he knew it would change his life. What Travis Parsons didn’t know was that fellow Wildcats would also help build him a home.

“I just cannot believe that this is true,” Parsons said. “I am getting a new house. Seems too good to be true. Sometimes dreams happen.”

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Dominion Energy Interview Video


 

Nyafumba, Africa - 2018

A documentary film on the many struggles of people in the eastern Ugandan village of Nyafumba. Clean water, disease, availability of education, healthcare, and orphaned children are among the many trials these people face on a daily basis. This film highlights the efforts of college students from Weber State University in partnership with Hope 4 Kids International and the Lee Family Foundation to further progress clean water and education initiatives while bringing to light a child sponsorship program.

 

 


 


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Tiny House 

Students from Architectural Design Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Construction Management, and Interior Design who partnered to research, design, and construct the project using the latest green building methods and materials. Students implemented best practices from green building certifications such as LEED For Homes, National Green Building Standard, Energy Star, Resnet (HERS), and Passive House Standards into the tiny studio.

Project Website
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Article (WSU)


 

 

Windows of Change

OGDEN, Utah – Two new classrooms, a library, new books and a latrine are making life and education more accessible for the children of the Eduardo Mondlane Secondary School in Mozambique. A documentary chronicling the 

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