IKEA Foundation Awards Grant to Engineers Without Borders USA to Combat Climate Change

Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) is pleased to be the recipient of a three-year grant award from the IKEA Foundation to help communities in East Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia overcome the effects of climate change. This grant will allow EWB-USA to provide technical advice on renewable energy, energy efficiency, water supply and flood risk to partners funded by the IKEA Foundation.

“Developing sustainable solutions is key to Engineers Without Borders USA’s mission. Those solutions can only be achieved by projects that take the growing effects of climate change into account,” said Cathy Leslie, EWB-USA’s Executive Director. “We look forward to working alongside the Foundation to help some of the world’s most underserved communities combat climate change.”  

EWB-USA’s Engineering Service Corps, a program that mobilizes its most seasoned and highly skilled volunteers to solve global challenges, will lead the efforts to equip other Foundation partners to take a climate-smart approach. Climate change threatens families’ homes, health and livelihoods. The mitigation and adaptation technical advice provided by EWB-USA will help partner organizations make their programs more sustainable for the communities they serve.


EWB-USA is a nonprofit humanitarian organization established to build a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. EWB-USA works with local communities and NGOs in more than 42 countries around the world on projects such as water, renewable energy, sanitation and more. EWB-USA has grown from a handful of members in 2002 to more than 16,800 members today and has more than 686 projects worldwide. For more information about EWB-USA, visit www.ewb-usa.org.

About IKEA Foundation

The IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. The Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income, while helping these communities fight and cope with climate change. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation.