Engineers Without Borders USA Teams with IKEA to Shine Light on Energy Shortfall

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ikeaVEGA Member Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) has teamed up with the IKEA Foundation and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for a Circle of Prosperity Program to bring light and renewable energy to refugee camps in Nepal. The partnership goes beyond philanthropy. It is a shared commitment to develop new products and create better lives for thousands of refugee families. The partnership is helping to provide new, affordable sources of energy to families within refugee camps and surrounding communities. It is creating safer, more dignified homes for millions of displaced persons through smart design, innovation and modern technology.

EWB-USA assessed the energy needs in two camps in Nepal and identified a solar-powered mini-grid system to power streetlights and provide electricity to households. The solutions were tested and enhancements were applied including battery performance and upgrade the quality of the light bulbs. Furthermore, Energy Ambassadors were identified in the communities whose responsibilities were to maintain the mini-grids and provide assistance to households.

Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) is a broad network of 16,000 dedicated, passionate and skilled volunteers committed to empowering communities to meet their basic human needs. As a member and partner of VEGA, EWB-USA engineers are also currently designing a forced-air cooling system for a local processor that will raise the standards of Kosovo’s table grape industry. The partnership is developing a more competitive agriculture sector in Kosovo using engineering solutions. Learn more about that program here.