60 Hertz Pilot: New Technology for Long Term Maintenance

by: Joaquin Viquez, Program Innovation Director Supporting Local Leaders Achieving a properly designed and built water infrastructure in a rural community is usually the easy part. Achieving long-term sustainability of ...
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A Letter of Gratitude

Maria Troche Mejía, president of the Los Andes water committee. As the holidays approach, I am grateful to share a remarkable story with you that demonstrates how your gifts to ...
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Where’s the Water Source? Why the Obvious Solution Isn’t Always the One That Works

Getting safe, drinkable water to rural communities is more challenging than you think. In a previous article, I debunked the myths that boiling water was a safe solution and argued ...
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Potable Water Projects: Supporting Community Unity & Women’s Empowerment in Ecuador

“For many of us, clean water is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely, if ever, pause to consider what life would be like without it.”- Marcus SamuelssonLush jungle ...
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The Silver Lining of the Pandemic: Virtual Capacity Building

When COVID-19 shut down Green Empowerment projects across Latin America, our staff and local partners were initially devastated. The renewable energy and clean water projects we were looking forward to ...
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Washington State University Travels to Ecuador!

Written by Green Empowerment Operations Manager, Martin Olza and Trip Participant, Danielle Keerbs This spring, students and faculty from Washington State University traveled to Ecuador with Green Empowerment to help advance our projects ...
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A Week in Borrowed Boots

By David Siegel, Vice Chair of Green Empowerment’s Board of Directors. David is a city planner who has worked with communities domestically and internationally for over 40 years to define and ...
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Green Empowerment Welcomes New Ecuador Fellow, Johanna Veloz!

We are thrilled to welcome Johanna Veloz to the Green Empowerment (GE) team! Johanna brings a variety of skills and experiences to our work in Ecuador and we are sure ...
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Improved Cookstoves in Ecuador: Project Update

This post was written by Brittany and Calvin Helfenstine, GE international volunteers in Ecuador.Biodiversity varies with latitude, so it should come as no surprise that Ecuador, straddling both hemispheres, is ...
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Biogas Digesters and Pig Husbandry in Colombia: Project Update

This post was written by GE volunteer Kendra Sterneck.Much of rural Colombia suffers from a lack of both economic opportunities and public services, including sanitation and electricity. Over 50% of ...
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