2017 Clean Water Fast Survey

Posted on: September 6, 2017

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Clean Water Fast Partner Challenge

Posted on: August 16, 2017

Member of an organization that partners with Engineers in Action? Join the Partner Challenge and 50 percent of the funds your raise will go toward a future trip with EIA.

Partner Organizations include:

What You Need to Do:
  1. Decide if you will fast as an organization or individuals within the organization. EIA suggests each participating member of your organization create their own fundraising page.
  2. Set up fundraising page(s) here: bit.ly/FastWithEIA2017
  3. Promote your fundraising page as much as possible before, during and after the Fast Sept. 28-30
  4. Send direct email asks to your professors, friends and family.
  5. Use the social media guide to ask your social networks, including your organization’s social media channels, for support.
  6. EIA will earmark half the money you raised for your team.
  7. The other half will go to Engineers in Action to help us support your team and many others as we work to provide clean water to Latin Americans in need.
  8. Follow up with your donors with at least one thank you and announcement of funds raised after the fast.

Clean Water Fast Group Challenge

Posted on: August 16, 2017

A little friendly competition never hurt anyone, right? Rally friends, family or other connections and challenge them to join you for your 36-hour fast!

It’s a great way to create accountability for the length of the fasting period while also increasing support of Engineers in Action. The more fasters participating, the more likely EIA is to eradicate water poverty and increase capacity in rural South American villages, so get your group together now.

Ready? Get started here:

  1. Sign up as a faster: bit.ly/FastWithEIA2017
  2. Decide who you want to invite to fast with you. Ideas include:
    • A group of friends – a simple group text sharing the link above should get you started!
    • Coworkers – Walk around with a sign-up sheet. If they don’t want to Fast, they might give you a donation instead! Once you get a list of people interested in fasting, send out an email sharing the link above so they can create their personalized faster page.
    • Youth Group or School Org – At your next meeting or function, share why EIA is important to you and why you’re fasting, then invite others to join you! Follow up by sharing the link above.
  3. Once your group is set, start a string of communication (via Facebook, text or email). Tag Engineers in Action if it’s on social media.
  4. Before the Fast:
    • Plan your asks for donations using the templates available on your Fast page or here
    • Share articles or information about the benefits of fasting
    • Celebrate when you get a donation supporting your commitment
    • Post on Facebook about the #CleanWaterFast and tag your group members
  5. During the Fast:
    • Get together the day before to prepare mentally
    • Communicate during the 36 hour fast for accountability and support
  6. After the Fast:
    • This is the best part! Remember to be gentle as you break the fast
    • Make plans to break the fast together. Gather for a small meal directly after the fast, or plan a larger dinner later in the day. This is also an opportunity to invite donors to hear about your experience of fasting with Engineers in Action.
    • Send a follow up email to donors thanking them for their support
    • Thank your group participants for joining you
    • Share your fasting experience, including pictures from any group meetings, on social media with #CleanWaterFast and @EngineersinAction

 

 

#CleanWaterFast Email Ask Template

Posted on: August 16, 2017

Hi all,

I just pledged 36 hours to Engineers in Action’s 2017 #CleanWaterFast and need your help.

For 36 hours, I’ll abstain from everything. Everything except the pure, unpolluted, easily-accessible, life-giving water that we so often take for granted. In some countries, clean water is considered a luxury, with many rural children and families consuming unsanitary water that causes illness. Engineers in Action works to change all that, and I want to help them succeed.

I hope to raise $500 before my 36 hour fast Sept. 28-30. Will you support me?

Water is not a luxury. Help me make that a reality for two entire villages in rural South America by donating to my fundraiser now.

Give today.

Giving online is easy and fast, and your support will make a real difference. I appreciate your help!

Latest News from Engineers in Action

Posted on: July 29, 2009

The Chiquitano Forest is the largest tropical dry forest in the world, covering 44 million acres, roughly the size of state of Florida. Because of its remoteness, between 80-85% of the 60,000 inhabitants live in extreme poverty*.

200 Chiquitano Communities Suffer as Water Wells Fail

From 2000-2004, the Bolivian government, with funding from the Japanese government, drilled an estimated 200 water wells throughout the Chiquitano at a cost of more than $3 million.

San Juan de la Bella near Concepcion

However, they did no testing of the water, and simply left the well with open casing, often welding a lid on top. So, while a potable water well had been drilled in their community, people had no access. In a few locations, ingenious locals actually pried off the lids and developed their own crude bucket system just to get at the water.

Efforts to Salvage These Wells Fall Through

In 2004-2008, Hermes Justiniano, the Director of the Chiquitano Forest Preserve Foundation and a Rotarian in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, found $1.3 million in funding from Canadian Rotary groups to put 96 hand pumps on these wells. However, in 2008, they discovered that over a fourth of the hand pumps that had been installed were not working because of the lack of maintenance.

Hope for Real Change in Chiquitano

In January 2009, a new partnership was formed between the Chiquitano Forest Preserve Foundation (FCBC), Rotary Clubs of Canada, and Engineers In Action (EIA). This partnership seeks to repair, inspect, and maintain the 96 wells with hand pumps. We will also install hand pumps on the wells which don’t have them.

Our Bolivian Rotary Connection

Posted on: January 25, 2009

The MiraFlores Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Mira Flores (a neighborhood in La Paz) has agreed to be our "Bolivian Connection" to Rotary Clubs throughout Bolivia. EWB chapters often raise money from Rotary Clubs in the US but need to partner with an "in-country" Rotary Club to get additional funding from Rotary International and additional support from the clubs.

We asked the Rotary Club of Mira Flores to be the partner for the Rotary Clubs of Kansas who are supporting the EWB-KU team. But they went even further!

Rotary Mira Flores has said that they will coordinate partnerships for any EWB chapter that needs a Bolivian Rotary Club `partner.They will try to match up a Bolivian club which is closest to the where the EWB project is. This should greatly facilitate fund-raising from Rotary Clubs in the US.

In addition to that, we discussed with the MiraFlores Club the possibility of supporting the fund raising efforts of the EWB-UMSA (Universidad Major de San Andres of La Paz). Unfortunately, there isn´t a culture of donating to good causes by Bolvian individuals and Bolvian businesses.

The Rotary Clubs of Bolivia are trying to change that. Fund raising by the Bolivian Engineering students of UMSA has been very difficult. They made a great presentation of their joint work at Azacilo with EWB-KU to the Mira Flores Rotary and really impressed these business men and women. They will be speaking as a club about how they might help fund the costs for these young bolivian engineers.

If your EWB chapter is raising money from a US Rotary Club for a project in Bolivia and they need a Bolivian Rotary Club to partner with, contact David Stephenson by email at: tulsadstephenson (at) yahoo.com

Thanks to all of the Rotarians who are helping EWB and EIA. “Service Above Self”

Our New Engineering Intern

Posted on: January 21, 2009

Will Kirby

Will Kirby graduated as one of the top 5 Civil Engineering graduates from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in December. Will has worked on several EWB trips to Bolivia.

He has had several lucrative job offers, including his “dream offer”. But Will has managed to delay this offer until early June so that he can come to Bolivia and work as an intern for EIA.

He arrives around the middle of February, and will be staying until the end of May. We will have some pictures and more information on this fine young man later.

Welcome aboard Will!

Our Fourth Engineering Position

Posted on: January 15, 2009

EIA continues rapid growth

We had one engineer a year and half ago, two engineers up until January of 2009. With Will’s addition in February we will have three. And now it appears likely that we will be adding a Fourth engineer in April.

This engineer will be working with the huge Chiquitano Clean Water Project that will be a joint project between EIA, the Chiquitano Forest Preserve Foundation, the Canadian Rotary Clubs, and the Municipalities of the Chiquitano. Visit Chiquitano Clean Water Project for more information.

$10,000 grants soon to be available for EWB-Chapters working in Bolivia

Posted on: January 12, 2009

Bolivian grant update

On January 12, 2009, David Stephenson, Director of Operations at EIA, met with the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales and Sacha Llorenti, Evo’s Chief of Staff. In that meeting David requested the support of the Bolivian Government in funding EWB projects in Bolivia.

The Bolivian National Government has given millions of dollars (US) to the municipalities (like county governments) to do projects, similar to EWB projects. However, the Municipalities often don’t have the experienced people to hire someone to come in to their community and do the work. We also found out that the Municipalities can give up to $10,000US without bidding, to projects which have been through a prioritizing process.

So here is what David proposed to the President. That our EIA engineers go to some of the Municipal governments and look at the projects and see which ones would work as EWB projects. We then work in partnership with the Municipal and local community leaders to develop the project as EWB projects (fill out the form #501). Then once it is adopted, the Municipal Government will give $10,000 to the project, and EWB provides free engineering design and will raise the additional funds needed to finish the project, with a maximum of $30,000 per project ($20,000 from the chapter).

President Morales and his staff were quite positive about this approach. In addition to that, they pointed out that the Government has designated 30 specific Municipalities as the poorest in the country, and they asked if we could focus on them. David said that it would, of course, be possible.

This was followed up a week later with a meeting with David Churquihaunca, the Foreign Minister. Mr. Churquihuanca was fully aware of the previous discussions (he had obviously been briefed) and completely supportive.

This should be a good deal for everyone. The Bolivian Government gets up to $30,000 in materials and free engineering for a project which only costs them $10,000. And the EWB chapter doesn´t have to raise the first $10,000 of the materials cost. And finally, we can tell people that they will be working in one of the 30 poorest Municipalities in the second poorest country in Latin America.
 
Sacha Llorenti, who is the equivalent of the Chief of Staff to President Morales, will be bringing together those 30 municipalities and discuss this project and get back to David. We will keep you informed.