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:
  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!
  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.
    • 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 2018 #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 October 4-6. 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.(insert link to your faster page)

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

Engineers in Action hosts “Travel with EIA” info session

Posted on: August 16, 2017

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!


EIA releases 2016 Annual Report

Posted on: June 14, 2017

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

EIA study suggests metals from Bolivian mines affect crops and pose potential health risk

Posted on: May 30, 2017

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.