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The Alcoa Foundation has provided a two-year $400,000 grant to support Engineers Without Borders-International’s Creation of a Global Engineer Program.
As part of the program, specific innovative educational practices for sustainable community development will be held up as exemplars for change in the academic environment. These innovative practices will provide specific tools, actions, and training such that they are easily adjusted or scaled into multiple academic environments. An International Forum will be held in 2014 to highlight these innovative practices.
The goal of the program is to impact 600 engineering students and professionals, 30 communities and 30 organizations, by the end of 2014.
“The Alcoa Foundation is proud to invest in the development of a future generation of humanitarian engineering leaders,” said Scott Hudson, director of global education initiatives and program development for the Alcoa Foundation. “We’re excited to see how this program helps to improve the teaching and practice of international development.”
Engineers Without Borders-International solicited program proposals from individual Engineers Without Borders associations worldwide and selected organizations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States to receive the Alcoa Foundation funding.
The Boeing Company invested in EWB-International (EWB-I) with a grant designated to support EWB India and Krushi Primary School in Hyderabad. The project involves the application of solar power to enable eLearning at the school, as well as power for lighting, cooking and other needs. It is a collaborative project involving other U.S.-based companies as well as the EWB India Hyderabad professional chapter; EWB-USA and EWB Germany student chapters; local NGOs, and local elected officials and community members. Project work began in January 2013 and was completed in July 2013.
Boeing believes in the power of engineers to transform communities, and expanded its support from EWB-USA to EWB-I in order to positively impact additional global markets.
To learn more about Boeing’s commitment to global communities, please review the company’s 2012 Corporate Citizenship Report.
World Bank Community Connections
In 2013, Engineers Without Borders-International was selected by the World Bank to be included on the list of eligible organizations for its Community Connections Campaign. The campaign is the employee workplace giving program of the World Bank Group, which is conducted each year in November and December.
EWB-I met rigorous criteria in order to qualify for campaign participation, and must continue to meet these criteria to remain a campaign organization. EWB-I is proud to partner with the World Bank and its employees to serve individuals in communities around the globe.