Aakhil Lakhani legal support fund

  We've created a GoFundMe campaign to support Aakhil Lakhani's upcoming legal challenge to Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB). Please click on the link, donate, and share! "Aakhil Lakhani spoke out last year about facing sexual assault in 2013 while on a fellowship placement with Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB), and then facing retaliation from … Continue reading Aakhil Lakhani legal support fund

An Address to the Federal Council of the Green Party of Canada and Members of Parliament

Below is an August 12, 2020 letter from Celeste Coomber. This was posted on the Green Party of Canada facebook page and Celeste's personal page. Elizabeth May wrote to her to have it removed. May wrote in emails to Celeste on August 12, offering to break confidentiality she had promised victims who participated in her … Continue reading An Address to the Federal Council of the Green Party of Canada and Members of Parliament

We stand with Youth Coalition and with all survivors

  Additional disturbing allegations have become public about EWB's former Director, Prateek Awasthi. The Total System Failure team has known about these allegations (more details in the linked statement below) since March 2019, after we received a tip from an acquaintance, but did not have permission to make them public. In April 2019, Chelsey Rhodes … Continue reading We stand with Youth Coalition and with all survivors

Former Director Prateek Awasthi admits he helped EWB cover up abuse

  We just announced we were closing down the project, but we wanted to share some recent media coverage related to harassment cover-ups at Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB). First, we've heard EWB's founder and former CEO George Roter is currently suspended from the Ontario Liberal Party after our recent podcast and this story in … Continue reading Former Director Prateek Awasthi admits he helped EWB cover up abuse

Farewell to the Total System Failure project

Hello everyone, This is an update that we are officially winding down the project and moving on to other things.  We won't be publishing a written report as we were unable to raise the funds to do so, and frankly, don't feel like it. (*Chelsey is working on a PhD on these topics so the … Continue reading Farewell to the Total System Failure project

Podcast E5: “Ontario Liberals Cover Up Sexual Harassment”

*Podcast also available on googleplay, iTunes, and podcast apps like Castbox. SUMMARY Sam Nami, ex-President of the UofT Scarborough Young Liberals, talks about the resistance he faced trying to get the Ontario Liberal Party to address sexual harassment within their ranks.  Fake investigations by friendly insiders, assailants receiving promotions, bullying, racism, and organizational silence are … Continue reading Podcast E5: “Ontario Liberals Cover Up Sexual Harassment”

Open Letter regarding EWB’s unsafe work environments and mistreatment of employees, volunteers, and partners

*the following letter was submitted to the Total System Failure team by an EWB alum, and we really appreciate that they took the time to offer this public support. We welcome letters, submissions, or opinion pieces from the alumni network of EWB (or related organizations), and would love for more people speak up about these … Continue reading Open Letter regarding EWB’s unsafe work environments and mistreatment of employees, volunteers, and partners

Legal Support for Victims of EWB

  Due to the increasing volume of disclosures of violent and discriminatory incidents at EWB, both historical and recent, we have arranged for legal support for any ex- or current EWB staff/ volunteers (including staff or residents in countries where EWB works) who would like to set up a free consultation. This also helps the … Continue reading Legal Support for Victims of EWB

Podcast Episode 4: “WE, EWB, and Doing Harm by Trying to Do Good”

*Podcast available on googleplay, iTunes, and podcast apps like Castbox. WE, EWB, and Doing Harm by Trying to Do Good CW: abuse, institutional violence SUMMARY Aakhil Lakhani and Chelsey Rhodes, two of the co-organizers of Total System Failure, talk about the WE Charity scandal and draw comparisons with EWB.  They refer to Boris Martin (above … Continue reading Podcast Episode 4: “WE, EWB, and Doing Harm by Trying to Do Good”

Is EWB working in African countries illegally?

  Another anonymous whistleblower has contacted the Total System Failure team regarding Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB), an international development NGO based in Toronto. They have suggested that EWB has a practice of using illegal tourist visas to work in African countries such as Kenya and Ghana. The anonymous person submitted the following: "You should … Continue reading Is EWB working in African countries illegally?