My name's Ben Meyers, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering at Binghamton University. I am raising funds for my university's chapter of Engineers without Borders' service project taking place in Hipolito, a district in the city of Iquitos, Peru. A rainwater catchement system will be installed that should greatly improve the quality of life for the people in this area by reducing waterborne disease. This is especially important for vulnerable segments of the population, like children and the elderly. This is a great opportunity for my fellow engineering undergraduates to get some hands on experience running a project and provide a welcome break from the daily grind in the classroom. We are partnering with an organization called Amazon Promise that provides further information below.
Amazon Promise wrote -
The combination of safe drinking water and hygienic sanitation facilities is a precondition for success in the fight against poverty and hunger (WHO). Each year, 1.6 million people die from diarrheal diseases (including cholera) attributed to lack of access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Amazon Promise, along with its partner organizations, are continuing to look for ways to reduce poverty and improve health in the Peruvian Amazon! Our vision is to install rainwater systems in many more villages. We also want to work with each family in the villages to install the composting bathrooms. With clean water and clean, safe toilet systems, that’s more than half the battle to maintain a healthy successful life.