Our Partners

Over the years, many organizations have contributed to the success of the Humanitarian Engineering Program at Mines by providing resources, or partnering on specific Humanitarian Engineering projects. We salute their valuable contributions here.

A Special Thank You

The Humanitarian Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines would especially like to acknowledge the generosity of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which provided substantial support for the program and its projects in its formative years, and Chuck and Louanne Shultz for their generous support to help the program grow to new heights.


Alliance for Responsible Mining

Alliance for Responsible Mining: A non-profit organization that works to “develop standards which aim at transforming artisanal and small-scale mining into an activity that performs responsibly in social, environmental, organizational and labor matters; to promote inclusive policies to position artisanal and small-scale mining as a legitimate socio-economic actor within the industry; to facilitate the delivery of responsible gold to the markets and help to establish fair supply chains; and to work directly and indirectly with mining organizations to achieve sustainable change on the ground.”

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders: A non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. This partnership involves the implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students. The Mines chapter (which doubles as the school’s Bridges to Prosperity student chapter) is one of the most active on campus and often co-sponsors Humanitarian Engineering events. Many EWB-Mines/B2P members are students in the Humanitarian Engineering Minor.

International Development Enterprises

International Development Enterprises: “IDE is a different kind of non-profit organization. We are dedicated to ending poverty in the developing world not through handouts, but by helping poor farmers invest in their own success. Our core values are: we believe in the right of poor women and men to a secure livelihood, we believe that markets can be a powerful force for poverty reduction, we listen to and learn from the people we work with, we value innovation and entrepreneurship, and we have confidence in our ability to make a significant difference.”

Posner Center for International Development:

Posner Center for International Development: A new hub for international development and innovation opened in 2013. “The Posner Center brings together 30+ development-oriented businesses and organizations in a 25,000 square-foot shared space in Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood to enable them to exchange ideas, cut costs, and improve the products and services they deliver. Collaboration will spur innovation, boost distribution, and generate new, sustainable ventures.”


Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services: Emergency relief and community development.

CEPUDO Honduras

CEPUDO Honduras: The goal: “Contribuir en el desarrollo la calidad de vida de las personas, mediante la implementación y desarrollo de proyectos productivos innovadores que utilicen técnicas apropiadas a nuestro medio y que contribuya eficazmente en el desarrollo de las familias pobres asistidas por CEPUDO.” (Contribute to developing the quality of life of people through the development and implementation of projects that use innovative production techniques appropriate to our environment and to contribute effectively in the development of poor families assisted by CEPUDO.)

Community Uplift Ministries

Community Uplift Ministries: “Our vision is to meet the basic energy needs of the poor living in the rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. We believe that though the provision of affordable, modern energy, entire rural communities in developing countries can be uplifted.”

CU Denver

CU Denver: Curriculum, case studies, and community-development resources.

CU-Denver Center For Global Health

CU-Denver Center For Global Health: “The Center for Global Health (CGH) at the University of Colorado (CU) serves to improve health and healthcare in communities around the world, through interdisciplinary collaboration within the University and with partners in research, education and health services.”

Edge of Seven

Edge of Seven: “Edge of Seven is a nonprofit organization that fuses international travel with service, creating opportunities for personal and global development. We make it easy and affordable for volunteers to make a change and be changed by people from the most distant corners of the world.”

Engineers for a Better World:

Engineers for a Better World: A student organization formed at Mines to provide engineering aid to underserved communities in the US and abroad. The organization was phased out in favor of the current Engineers Without Borders Mines student chapter.

Engineering for Change

Engineering for Change: “Provides a forum to connect, collaborate, solve challenges and share knowledge among a growing community of engineers, technologists, social scientists, NGOs, local governments and community advocates, who are dedicated to improving the quality of life all over the world.”

Food For The Poor

Food For The Poor: “FFP ministers to spiritually renew impoverished people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Established in 1982 as a non-profit corporation, our goals are to improve the health, economic, social and spiritual conditions of the men, women and children we serve.”

Friendship Bridge

Friendship Bridge: Friendship Bridge is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides microcredit and educational programs to help women and their families create their own solutions to poverty.

Friends of Tanzania

Friends of Tanzania: FOT is a non-profit charitable and educational organization devoted to identifying and supporting worthy projects in Tanzania; collecting and disseminating information on the life, culture, and development of Tanzania; and bringing together people interested in supporting Tanzania.

Global Hope

Global Hope: “Global Hope is a Colorado non-profit corporation that was founded in 1996 with the mission of providing hands-on care to the orphans of Romania. We have three full-time missionaries in Romania , and here in the US we are operated by an all-volunteer staff and an all-volunteer board of directors.”

Harambee Project

Harambee Project: Harambee (“All pull together” in Swahili) supports income-generating projects at a school for disabled children in Kenya. Email Carol Carper in Colorado or George Oyeho in the United Kingdom for details.

International Center for Appropriate & Sustainable Technology

International Center for Appropriate & Sustainable Technology: iCAST is a not-for-profit organization based in Lakewood, Colorado. iCAST started as an initiative at the Engineering College at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2002, iCAST registered as an independent organization. iCAST works with local partners to develop sustainable solutions to the infrastructure and economic development needs of underserved rural communities. iCAST’s mission is to promote sustainable development using a triple bottom-line approach that promotes environmental health, economic viability and social responsibility. iCAST projects are designed to encourage self-sufficiency based on the development, application and commercialization of appropriate and sustainable technologies.

Into Your Hands

Into Your Hands: Education, entrepreneurship, and life-skills training in Uganda.

Namlo International

Namlo International: “Our mission is to help people of developing countries help themselves through education and grassroots programs while providing an opportunity for US students to learn about global issues and experience the joy of helping others.” The organization was founded by Magda and Hugh King, who are long-term members of the Mines community.

Operation Compassion

Operation Compassion: Operation Compassion is a tax-exempt charitable organization. The primary purpose of Operation Compassion is to mobilize churches, individuals, and community groups to provide food and basic necessities to the poor and needy. That’s why Operation Compassion exists: to provide inspiration, information, training and resources to help you reach out to those in need in your community.

Orphan Communities

Orphan Communities: “Creating sustainable communities where financially stable families adopt orphans from orphanages into their homes.”

Rotary Club of Denver

Rotary Club of Denver: Based on the core values of Rotary International, the mission of the Rotary Club of Denver is to be the outstanding community service club in the Denver metropolitan area.

Sustainable Village

Sustainable Village: The Sustainable Village is a “social enterprise” with many volunteers. “We donate/invest all profits for microfinance and microenterprise projects in developing countries. As a way of further helping the villagers and undermining the roots of poverty, we help import the products back. These are mainly fair-trade items, organic, and made with renewable energy — no or little pollution resulting in their creation.”

Water for People

Water for People: An international nonprofit development organization committed to the long-term impact of increased access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation and health. Water For People believes that providing safe drinking water serves as a catalyst for greater community development.

Yachana Foundation

Yachana Foundation: “Dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to the challenges facing the Ecuadorian Amazon region.”