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 supporting were put on an indefinite hold at a time when communities most needed those resources. However, we quickly pivoted by brainstorming and then executing…

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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 in Imbabura. The trip was a unique opportunity for this environmental studies class to apply lessons learned in the classroom and learn new concepts related to global…

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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 carry out an intentional future. Each year, Green Empowerment conducts a field trip for a small group of board members, staff and supporters to experience the work…

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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 she will be a great asset as we expand our efforts in the country and region. Green Empowerment has supported projects in Ecuador since 2005.…

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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 among the most species-rich regions in the world. Nestled high in the Andes, a winding 5-hour drive from Quito, and bordering Colombia, the Ecuadorian province…

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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 the rural population cooks and/or lights their homes with dangerous biomass fuels that release toxic emissions harmful to human health and the environment. Green Empowerment…

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Green Empowerment’s Integrated Approach to WASH

Clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practices are essential for human survival and development. Unfortunately, across the globe, approximately 663 million people – 1 in 10 – lack access to safe water, and 2.4 billion people – 1 in 3 – lack access to adequate sanitation. Without basic infrastructure to fulfill these needs, communities…

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