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Miners Give Back

Miners Give Back with Engineers Without Borders










Miners Give Back (MGB)  is committed to supporting world-wide initiatives focused on global humanitarian efforts.

In 2015, Miners Give Back partnered with Engineers without Borders (EWB) to leverage EWB’s global network of on-the-ground engineers in developing countries that implement multiple projects to address the needs identified by a community. EWB works directly with the community to assess, design, implement, monitor and evaluate appropriate engineering solutions for small-scale infrastructure projects such as water supply, sanitation, civil works, structures, energy and agriculture. EWB’s mission compliments that of MGB’s: to support world-wide initiatives focused on humanitarian efforts that tangibly improve the lives of individuals and inspire a commitment to give back to the local community.

SME will partner with EWB again in the Fall of 2015 in reviewing additional applications for grants up to $5000.
The SME Foundation is grateful to Drummond Company for their continued financial support of these global humanitarian projects.

A primary benefit of participating in the Project Grants Program is the quality control EWB-USA asserts over which projects receive funding at a particular time. This quality control ensures: (1) EWB-USA’s most promising projects get funded; (2) the funding is need-based, and the chapter is not currently overfunded; (3) project teams are bound by compliance to ensure the donation is spent as directed; (4) and finally, that the funder receives robust interim and final reports on the use of the funding and the project's status.

After EWB-USA has finished a thorough internal review of applications, funders are presented with a selection of projects for their funding consideration. It is through these applications that program participants gain access to the heartbeat of EWB-USA’s mission … real stories from our members about the life-changing work they’re doing in the field and the pathways to change they’re building through community development.

The MGB program is pleased to announce the recipient of the first global humanitarian grant of $5,000: The Engineers without Borders Chapter of the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale’s water supply project in Las Mojarras, Guatemala. This project is led by two SME student members from SIU. The Guatemalan Water System Expansion Project seeks to address the lack of clean, usable water for the residents of Las Mojarras.
The three goals for the program are:

  1. Expand the existing water system to the entire community.
  2. Protect and expand the existing water source.
  3. Improve sanitation in the community.

Success will be measured by:

  1. The percentage increase in families receiving water.
  2. The percentage increase of the flow rate discharge from the spring.
  3. The decrease of contaminates from the discharge of the spring.
  4. Reduction of waterborne illness in the community through improved sanitation practices performed by the community.

To find out how YOU can make a difference through our Project Grants Program, contact Becky Neely at or 720-204-3221.

Contributions are greatly appreciated by mail:
SME Foundation
12999 E. Adam Aircraft Circle
Englewood, CO 80112

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