EIA announces new partnership with Santa Barbara Ventura Professionals chapter of EWB-USA

Posted on: April 6, 2017

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.”

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Special Edition: World Water Day 2017

Posted on: March 22, 2017

Special edition: World Water Day 2017

Today, caring individuals around the globe will come together to raise awareness of the global water crisis, and raise support for the organizations working to eradicate the many diseases, burdens and threats tied to the issue. To learn more about the United Nations-sponsored World Water Day efforts, go to

The reverse ripple effect: how EIA hopes to change lives

A staggering 663 million people around the globe lack access to water near their home, spending a ridiculous amount of time trekking to and from distant water sources carrying buckets and jugs of water back to their families. This burden most often falls to women and children, especially young girls, who miss school to help gather water.

Once the water is secured from a distant source, the family then uses the water for a multitude of tasks, including drinking and cooking. Unfortunately, this water is most often contaminated, likely causing any number of water-borne illnessesand possibly even death. Plus, there typically is not enough water to meet all of the families’ needs, such as watering crops. Without water to irrigate the crops, the family consumes a limited diet that lacks the diversity needed for proper nutrition. As you can see, the adverse effects of this global epidemic continue on with a ripple effect that can only be reversed one way: make clean, safe water easily accessible to all.

With your help, Engineers in Action can help make that change. Your support allows us to send more teams to more villages to build more water wells and tanks that will provide safe water to more schools, homes and communities.

Engineers in Action can change lives. 
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A note from Rod: Meet Ruben

If you follow EIA’s Facebook page or frequent our website, you’ve seen Ruben. He’s the sweet 8-year-old boy grinning adorably in our World Water Day graphic and on‘s home page. Ruben is actually kind of shy at first (not surprising), but quickly turns into quite the ham (also not that surprising). He is kind, caring, a good big brother and extremely nimble on mountain-side paths high in the Andean mountains.

Ruben is one of the many children EIA volunteers and staff have the absolute joy of meeting while visiting the remote villages where we work. Like many of the children we meet, Ruben doesn’t care what language you speak. He giggles as he leads the way, rambles on about things, oblivious to your utter lack of understanding. Children like Ruben are so quick to welcome visitors and quick to try new things, like washing hands or using a water pump. They are our first friends.

I’m very proud to work for an organization that the indigenous people trust. Most often, these villages reach out to us for assistance. In these rural areas, word of mouth is king, and I’m ecstatic to see Engineers in Action grow – not due to our infiltration of secluded communities – but due to the relationships we’ve built with our ongoing program communities, and our ability to live up to our promise: we’re here for the long haul. They come to us with a need, we help them find a solution and we stay involved until they don’t need us anymore. It’s that simple.

So, when I meet children like Ruben, I think about him many years from now, serving as his village’s mayor and meeting with Engineers in Action about what’s next. What can we do next to help better their lives? To help build their capacity as a community? To give his children an even brighter future?

To make this a reality, it’s my job to build Engineers in Action into an organization that can stand the test of time, just like the tanks and wells we install. In honor of World Water Day 2017, I personally ask that you set up a recurring donation – of any amount – to provide EIA with monthly, quarterly or annual support. This type of funding stream allows us to better plan for our future, and for Ruben’s.

Thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do for our organization! We would be lost without you.

Rod Beadle
Executive Director
Engineers in Action

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El Progreso

Posted on: February 7, 2017

Community: El Progreso
Coordinates: 0°09’50.0″N 78°45’23.0″W
Type of Project: Water
Project Stage: Partner Needed
Population Benefited: 400

The community members of El Progreso previously attempted to install a water system to provide clean water to all members of the community, however they’ve experienced a number of failures and have not been able to generate enough water for all the community, or ease of access for all the community. They have requested the assistance of Engineers in Action to provide a long-term, fully accessible system that will benefit the entire community.

Click here to view the entire El Progreso application.

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Cerro Verde

Posted on: February 7, 2017

Community: Cerro Verde
Coordinates: 0°51’01.0″S 80°23’46.0″W
Type of Project: Water
Project Stage: Seeking partners
Population Benefited: 450
Partners: Needed

Without access to clean water, the community of Cerro Verde struggles with many health and sanitation issues. This community is very eager to work with Engineers in Action to install a water distribution system that will allow the entire community to water their crops, have healthy drinking water and much more. According to the EIA project manager, the dedication of the community to seeing this project to fruition is because to them, water is life.

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Paja Colorada

Posted on: February 7, 2017

Water delivery truck - Paja Colorada

Community: Paja Colorada, Ecuador
Coordinates: 0.51.46 S, 80.23.17 W
Project Stage: Partner Needed
Population Benefited: 500 people

Paja Colorada is located in the tropical region of Ecuador, which has a number of bugs that can contaminate water sources. The women of the community stressed the difficulty obtaining and keeping clean water in their homes or nearby at a community meeting, sharing that the lack of access to natural water nearby means they must purchase water from a water tank truck pictured above. Storing the water is difficult and the women often face issues keeping enough water, and keeping what water the have contaminate-free. Engineers in Action will work to design and implement a water system that brings water to the community, which is centered closely together. With one water system an entire community will very easily be able to access clean, contaminate-free water.

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Engineers in Action expands operations into Ecuador

Posted on: January 26, 2017


Engineers in Action (EIA) announced today its first Ecuador project site will be in the community of Comuna Guangaje, located south of Quito. The organization had previously announced its expansion in late 2016.

“We had high hopes of strategically expanding our impact into Ecuador in 2017, and I’m happy to see this accomplished within the first month of the year,” said Rod Beadle, executive director of Engineers in Action.

The Indianapolis Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA will partner on the project to provide the community with a long-term solution to water access issues effecting local health and prosperity.

“The women in the community are currently traveling long distances to bring back water, which is often not sanitary,” Beadle said. “The community women were a part of the conversation from the beginning, sharing with us the difficulties they face to have access to water for their families, for cooking, for their crops and livestock. This project will take a huge burden off the women and children, ensuring the kids can go to school and the women can spend their time more efficiently to care for their families.”

Engineers in Action works in communities like Comuna Guangaje to identify priority needs that will positively impact their quality of life, their health and their individual capacity.

“We want to come into a community and leave a lasting impact,” Beadle said. “Another group came to Comuna Guangaje years ago and installed a water system, but it didn’t last. The difference with our organization is our ongoing relationships.”

Engineers in Action starts by meeting directly with a community to listen to their needs, then works to raise the funds and identify partners to support the project’s implementation. EIA handles every element of getting supplies, planning timelines, setting travel logistics and preparing the community for project implementation, which includes hands-on training for the community members that will be taking care of the new system once it’s installed.

“Training the local community members is a huge benefit,” Beadle said. “This is their water system, bridge, greenhouse, etc. We want them to take ownership of it from the start. While we do continue to visit the community regularly after implementation, that’s more about the relationship building. We have a lasting relationship with them so that we can continue helping them with future needs or any major issues with previous implementations. But, when we teach them the maintenance skills and how the system works, we increase their capacity: that is our ultimate goal.”


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Engineers in Action (EIA) is a 501c3 with offices in Chicago, Illi.; La Paz, Bolivia; Madison, Wisc.; Quito, Ecuador; and Tulsa, Okla. Founded in 2009, the international organization works in rural, impoverished communities in Latin America to provide access to basic needs such as water and sanitation with an overarching goal to improve the lives of people in need and increase local capacity in the communities they reach while encouraging global awareness in program volunteers and participants.

EIA has a significant focus on long-term impact, achieved by building real relationships with indigenous individuals and communitieis with a partnership attitude, which ensures the money and effort spent on implementation have minimal negative effects, are embraced by the community individuals and are there for many years to come. Learn more at Request Executive Director Rod Beadle for a speaking engagement by emailing


Posted on: January 24, 2017

The University of Memphis’ student EWB chapter worked to provide access to potable water in Yarvacoya in 2014.


Posted on: January 24, 2017

Norwich professionals worked to provide electricity and water in Patapatani in 2010.