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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For many years, Doña Noa and fellow residents of Las Tunas, Peru endeavored to persuade their local government to invest in a potable water system and related training for their community. As a last mile community, far from major cities, it’s extremely difficult to find funding for these types of systems. Las Tunas residents decided…

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I participated in the #cebichechallenge for several reasons, the first was to help raise awareness about Green Empowerment’s vital efforts to bring renewable energy and clean water to rural communities across the globe, communities like San Antonio, Nicaragua and Membrillar, Peru. In the isolated high desert region of northern Nicaragua, the 70 family community of…

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By Steve Gretzinger, Green Empowerment Board Member It had been many years since I had last put on dusty boots to visit a remote, rural village in Central America. On Friday, February 21st I was blessed to have the chance to see Green Empowerment’s water project in Northern Nicaragua far from the beaches frequented by…

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Written by Andrea Johnson, Green Empowerment Executive DirectorGreen Empowerment has worked in Bolivia since 2016 with partner, Practical Action. The majority of our projects, including our first project along Lake Titicaca, focus on renewable energy systems for productive end uses with indigenous communities. Bolivia is consistently ranked as the second or third poorest country in the…

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Written by Latin America Regional Director, Caitlyn Peake Dear friends, It’s easy to feel disheartened when stories of conflict, poverty and displacement dominate the news. When headlines fill us with fear and uncertainty, it can be difficult to know how to take action. At Green Empowerment, I work with people who dare to act and persevere…

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Written by Elise Kittrell, Green Empowerment Technical Manager and Steve Meicke, Engineer and International Volunteer Nestled in the jungle of Rurrenabaque along the vast Rio Beni, live several indigenous communities. These communities live off the land, have limited income and are heavily affected by natural disasters. In 2014, an immense flood washed away homes, destroyed…

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Written by Elsa Frey, Green Empowerment Program Manager Green Empowerment is currently in the midst of a project to provide clean, potable water and hygiene and environmental education to improve the health and resilience of approximately 1,000 residents of Maligue, a small village on Basilan Island in the conflict-affected region of Mindanao, the Philippines.Access to…

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Written by Caitlyn Peake, Latin America Regional DirectorCrisis continues to unfold in Nicaragua. Although violence has diminished considerably and transportation routes are opening up, the people of Nicaragua are still fearful of a future that is increasingly uncertain. During this time, it is critical that we continue to support communities in Nicaragua, whose access to…

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By Jojo Fajardo, Green Empowerment Philippines Program ManagerAccess to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities are foundational to leading a healthy and productive life. Yet, 8 million Filipinos currently live without clean water and over 25 million lack access to sanitation facilities.With support from the International Foundation, Green Empowerment will help two villages access these…

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