ISV provides running water to an indigenous school in Ecuador

by on Monday, 20 February 2012

ISV group laying pipe for school water project, Campococha Ecuador (c) used with permission by Kattia LeMarie

One of our most special volunteer projects in Ecuador lies in the Amazon rainforest in a small indigenous Quichua community called Campococha. With the collaboration of ISV volunteers since 2008, many improvements have been achieved within the community and forest reserve.

In 2011, the community leaders asked the government of the province to build new classrooms and bathrooms and remodel the “Lorenzo Cerda” public school. There are 120 children currently attending this bilingual school (Quichua and Spanish), as well as and 30 teenagers, as it operates as a high school during the afternoons and weekends. The local government built four new classrooms, four bathrooms, a kitchen and a dining room, and remodel six classrooms and two bathrooms.

With some additional funding support of ISV to the value of US$1964.42, the school gained access to running water from a spring located 50m uphill as there was no access to potable water within the community (people collect water from the rain or river).

The last of three ISV groups of the May to September season helped to install the water system, completing one of many improvements in this community. The local families were encouraged by community leaders and teachers to attend the “mingas” (community work parties) and work alongside our volunteers.

We’re happy to report the children are enjoying their new school- many thanks to ISV’s Campococha groups for their contribution.

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