On the 5th of December 2015 the Without Borders team handed out the cheques to the chosen charities from the Without Borders Social Impact Forum. The Without Borders Social Impact Forum raised $8000 in proceeds. The proceeds from the Social Impact Forum where distributed today among The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, Banksia Gardens Community Services, Operation Stiches’ ONEIGHTY program, 2 Engineers Without Borders’ programs: Solar Energy for schools and Handcycles, Olive Kids, Kidney Health Australia’s Kids Capers, Good Shepard Microfinance Loan Scheme and Y-House. Congratulations to the Without Borders team on their amazing effort before, during and after the event.
How we impacted
Donation to Engineers Without Borders
The grant was provided to facilitate the expansion of a solar energy project in a rural community in Kep Province in the south of Cambodia. The community is very remote, has limited access to electricity and is low income, many surviving on US$2.50/day. The project is being delivered by Engineers Without Borders in co-operation with BabyTree Projects (a Cambodian NGO) and BeeKeeper Parade (an Australian social enterprise). The partnership was borne out of their passion for renewable energy and sustainable development. The project was initiated in 2015 as part of an engineering honours thesis and encompassed the installations of two solar home systems in the community. This was a pilot project to test the appropriateness of the technology. Due to the success of the project and the interest from the community, they applied for and were successful in receiving the grant to assist in expanding project. Before expanding the installation of solar home systems, they identified that it was of utmost importance to provide education about solar energy. This included what solar energy is, how it works and how it can replace the expensive and emissions intensive sources of energy (kerosene lamps and car batteries) currently being used in the community. Therefore, part of the grant was used to purchase two test solar home systems, which facilitated in an education initiative to focus on these themes. The initiative was hugely successful, engaging with leaders in the community, They ran workshops over three days in February 2016. Thirty people attended the workshops and the attendees were able to practice the operation of the systems, which developed a practical understanding. Some of the community members were able to explain to others how the systems operate! Also, attendees that came later in the week had heard from their friends that attended earlier workshops. There was so much excitement in the community.