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Runashitu Water Project

The International Community Program (ICP) collaborates on more than 370 projects in 40 countries. These projects are driven by 233 chapters across the United States partnering directly with communities to meet their self-identified needs.

EWB-CMU is partnered with Hombro a Hombro (HH), a non-governmental organization that has been working with rural communities since 2009, focusing on improving the health and well-being of communities through health brigades. Runashitu is a small, indigenous village in the Napo province within the Amazonia region of Ecuador. It is home to 46 families totaling about 240 people.

In January 2023, we traveled to Runashitu for the engineering assessment trip. We confirmed that the water system in Runashitu is insufficient to satisfy the needs of the community. The current system  requires excessive daily maintenance and only services 1/3 of households. Water quality tests have confirmed contaminants that cause stomach illness as reported by the community. Community meetings and door-to-door interviews show that the priorities for the community members are to increase water quality, quantity, and expand the service to all members.

Interested in learning more about the Runashitu project, or how you can get involved with our chapter? Contact us at coloradomesa.ewb@gmail.com.

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