Engineers Without Borders
Sandvik AB has a long-term collaboration with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Sweden. The intention of the collaboration is to contribute with technical know-how, project management and international experience to the organization’s voluntary activities in Sweden and in developing countries.
An additional ambition is to jointly promote interest in technology and engineering in society and to attract more people into technical programs. EWB Sweden has about 1,000 members in Sweden.
The organization is currently conducting volunteer projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, Nepal. Focus areas are energy, water, sanitation, schools and hospitals.
Improving lives in Tanzania
The first project that Sandvik specifically has been engaged in is "Wind Power for Tanzania", aimed at complementing the electricity supply to, for example, schools and hospitals in off-grid rural areas. By building and maintaining small-scale wind power turbines and installing solar panels, the project has provided improved energy supply also to other fundamentals for the local community buildings.
The Mavuno project
Sandvik is involved in a collaboration that EWB Sweden has with Mavuno, a local non-governmental organization (NGO) which is highly trusted among inhabitants as well as government institutions. Mavuno helps to ensure that the infrastructural advancements EWB Sweden facilitates result in improved education, health, gender equality and poverty reduction.