Engineers in Action received approval today from EWB-USA for a new partnership with its Santa Barbara Ventura Professionals chapter.
The partnership will bring volunteer engineers from the local chapter group to El Muyuyo, Ecuador for a multi-year program to research, design and implement quality of life improvements in a local village recently traumatized by earthquakes.
“The community is not near a natural spring and struggles with water poverty, which is not uncommon in South America and why our organization exists,” said Rod Beadle, executive director of Engineers in Action. “We have very strong relationships across rural northern South America that allows us to be a resource for the indigenous people seeking engineering expertise and leadership to help them solve these problems and ease their hardships.”
Engineers in Action will coordinate all logistics and manage the program, while individuals from the Santa Barbara Ventura Professionals group will volunteer their time to help EIA staff research, design and implement a solution.
EIA, a 501(c)3 organization that has previously worked solely in Bolivia, made the strategic decision to expand its current operations into Ecuador in 2016, launching its first Ecuadorian program earlier this year.
“We saw the major need there in rural Ecuador and knew we had to begin building our programming to assist these communities struggling in the earthquake zone,” Beadle said. “This is our second EWB-USA partnership program in a matter of months, which is very exciting. We got the ball rolling quickly and I’m very eager to see our teams get into the communities to help them.”
The organization impacted the lives of more than 4,500 people in 2016. To support the organization, sign up to volunteer at engineersinaction.org – no special skill required – or donate to help the organization cover fees and materials at engineersinaction.networkforgood.com.
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