Humanitarian work never ends. The United Nations this year is seeking US $20 billion for humanitarian projects—five times the amount it requested a decade ago. The projects include helping people rise out of poverty and providing aid for those affected by war.
SIGHT members and volunteers strive to create positive and lasting social impact in partnership with their local communities. SIGHT In the News highlights their accomplishments by sharing articles from around the world that feature SIGHT projects, events, and insights.
The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board has given awards to 13 volunteers. The awards recognize, reward, and promote the members’ excellence in MGA operations and in the activities of IEEE’s many entities including regions, geographic councils and areas, sections, chapters, student branches, and student branch chapters.
The Control and Applications Research Centre (CARC) of BRAC University has developed an environment friendly solar powered electric wheelchair for the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP). The developed electric wheelchair was handed over to Dr Valerie Ann Taylor, the founder and the coordinator of CRP on December 13, 2015. Dr Valerie Ann Taylor drove the electric wheelchair inside the CRP premise and was delighted seeing of the smooth performance of the electric wheelchair.
For some countries, Rickshaws are intrinsic elements of a national transportation system. As much as one enjoys a rickshaw ride, however, there is no overlooking the significant amount of labor and effort exerted by the rickshaw puller. Battery-powered, ‘electric’ rickshaws pioneered by companies like Beevatech Ltd seemed to be a very popular solution when they were first introduced.
Ray Larsen, a stalwart IEEE volunteer and cofounder of Community Solutions Initiative—a project with a mission to bring sustainable energy and electrical services to developing communities, says “The understanding that 90 percent of all new development is designed to benefit primarily the economic top 10 percent of the global population brings with it a mandate that special attention is needed to address technology for the 90 percent.”