BENEFITING: ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS USA INC
Every day in the village of Curingue - an indigenous community in the Ecuadorean Andes - men, women, and children must make a grueling, hours-long hike down the mountainside and back to retrieve only a small amount of water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Families are often forced to cut corners to conserve water, sacrificing personal hygiene in order to ensure there is sufficient water for drinking and cooking. Children often have to attend school without having bathed in days or weeks. Despite living in extreme poverty, the good people of Curingue consistently maintain a positive outlook on life and the world. They are among the hardest working and dedicated people on the face of the earth, and they deserve to have reliable access to a basic need such as clean water. The Pittsburgh Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is currently working on a project to make this a reality. In October 2016, we began the construction of a system that will pump clean water from a series of natural springs to a storage tank in the community, which will distribute the water to each home. With your help, we can complete this project and provide the people of Curingue with the clean water they so desperately need.