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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.

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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

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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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Contact: Amanda McConnell
918.640.4148
amanda.mcconnell@engineersinaction.org

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 engineersinaction.org. Request Executive Director Rod Beadle for a speaking engagement by emailing Amanda.mcconnell@engineersinaction.org.

Yarvacoya

Posted on: January 24, 2017

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

Patapatani

Posted on: January 24, 2017

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

Papachacra

Posted on: January 24, 2017

The San Antonio EWB Professionals chapter worked to provide potable water access to Papachacra in 2012.

Marquirivi

Posted on: January 24, 2017

The University of Arizona’s student EWB chapter worked to provide water access in Mariquirivi in 2015.

Chiwirapi

Posted on: January 24, 2017

The University of Idaho’s student EWB chapter worked to install potable water systems in Chiwirapi in 2014.

Cachitambo

Posted on: January 24, 2017

The University of Florida’s student EWB chapter worked to install irrigation systems and greenhouses in Cachitambo in 2013.