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Traveling with Engineers in Action can be a life-changing experience. To share these exciting upcoming opportunities with its volunteers, EIA recently hosted a live info session where Bolivian staff outlined key information for anyone interested in visiting an EIA community this fall.
The first trip, planned for mid October, will be to the village of Timusi. The second, scheduled for later in the fall, will be to the village of Eucaliptos. Applications are currently open for both trips and available on the opportunity pages.
Volunteers get to enjoy the perks of traveling with indigenous staff who handle the majority of logistics, such as translation, lodging and transportation. Learn more in the on-demand webinar below, or apply now with the form below!
Engineers in Action’s 2016 Annual Report was released this week, giving donors, volunteers and staff a comprehensive recap of EIA’s growth and accomplishments over the last year.
Key highlights include an expansion into Ecuador and new programs that will further allow EIA to have a valuable impact on the lives of thousands in rural South America.
View the Annual Report below or go to engineersinaction.org/ar2016.
Researchers from Saint Francis University, the University of Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania State University working with Engineers in Action have found that exposure to trace metals from potatoes grown in soil irrigated with waters from the Potosi mining region in Bolivia may put residents at risk of non-cancer health illnesses. The world’s largest silver deposit lies in this region, and exposure to mining pollution from contaminated irrigation waters worries residents.
‘In this high mountain desert, water is a critically precious resource and the use of metal-polluted waters for irrigation may have substantial detrimental impacts on the lives of subsistence farmers,’ said William Strosnider, who is leading continued work at the site from Saint Francis University.
These findings are of concern given potatoes are the primary dietary staple in these communities. The lack of water for quality irrigation this arid region forces farmers to use contaminated waters, leading to health risks from contaminated potatoes eaten locally or shipped to outlying areas. For children, ingestion of arsenic through potatoes was 9.1 to 71.8 times higher than the minimum risk level and ingestion of cadmium was 3.0 to 31.5 times higher than the minimum risk level.
‘The fact that the risk was so high through only one route of exposure is concerning,’ said Robin Taylor Wilson, Penn State College of Medicine professor and lead epidemiologist for the study. ‘Children in this region are exposed to contaminants through routes other than potatoes. If we consider these additional routes of exposure, it is possible the potential risks could be higher, but without further research, there is no way of knowing how much higher these risks might be.’
The hazard quotient is the ratio of estimated specific exposure to a single chemical over a specified period to the estimated daily exposure level at which no adverse health effects are likely to occur. Hazard quotients about 1 suggest the possibility of adverse non-cancer health risks. The minimum risk levels are established by the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
‘Our findings allow the research community insight into the potential human and environmental impact that vast active and abandoned mining operations may pose all across the high Andes,’ said lead author Alan Garrido, of the Centro de Investigacion en Ciencias y Recursos GeoAgroAmbientales, CENIGAA (Neiva, Colombia).
This study was funded through a collaboration with Engineers in Action, a non-profit entity dedicated to improving the availability of low-cost high-impact engineering projects for clean water in developing countries. Engineers in Action is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and La Paz, Bolivia. The Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds at the University of Oklahoma executed the study under the guidance of program Professor Robert Nairn.
A paper on this research titled, ‘Metal-contaminated potato crops and potential human health risk in Bolivian mining highlands,’ has been published in the scientific journal, Environmental Geochemistry and Health, at doi: 10.1007/s10653-017-9943-4.
Engineers in Action (EIA) recently announced the expansion of its programs to include new opportunities for non-technical volunteers to improve the lives of people living in impoverished communities in Bolivia and Ecuador. Summer 2017 volunteer trip opportunities can be found on their website at engineersinaction.org/volunteer-opportunities.
The organization was originally founded to accommodate partnerships between engineering organizations seeking international project opportunities and local communities in Latin America. EIA maintains offices in Ecuador and Bolivia staffed by local engineers and project managers, which allows the nonprofit to visit project sites regularly and maintain key relationships with community leaders.
“We’re the bridge between the US-based volunteers who want to give their time and expertise and the rural communities who desperately need assistance to gain access to things we take for granted like clean water and proper sanitation systems,” said Rod Beadle, Executive Director of EIA.
The expanded volunteer programs will allow the organization to invite a broader range of globally-minded supporters to join the organization on travel teams.
“Expanding volunteer opportunities will give our teams broader perspective and help to improve the impact and sustainability of our programs,” Beadle said. “Volunteers with engineering backgrounds are still important, but we also need people to help teach community members how to maintain and repair systems as well as people to help install them. It doesn’t take an engineer to be able to swing a hammer or teach a hygiene class.”
The organization’s change is two-fold, with an additional focus on the volunteer team members.
“We also feel an obligation to our volunteers,” Beadle said. “It’s a life-changing experience to visit these remote villages and see a way of life that is so different from ours in such a beautiful setting. We wanted to offer that opportunity to all our supporters – church members, Rotarians, students, and other friends. We are ready to invite anyone and everyone to join us on this incredible journey. While you’re working to change someone’s life for the better with clean water, they’re changing your life in ways you won’t even understand until you arrive back home. We have to share that with as many people as possible.”