We are partnering with the South Hilltop Men’s Group on a project to take ownership of an abandoned building in the Beltzhoover neighborhood of Pittsburgh and transform it into a community space that will include a greenhouse, aquaponics farm, storage space, and space for local artists.
We are looking to start a new project in partnership with Community Forge, a local nonprofit who have purchased the former Johnston Elementary School in Wilkinsburg, which closed in 2012. They have transformed the building into a community center and space for local entrepreneurs. Renovations are needed to improve the usability of the property surrounding the building.
The community of Curingue, Ecuador is a small indigenous community of roughly 200 residents situated in the Andes mountains of Cotopaxi province in central Ecuador. Currently, men, women, and children must trek for 2-3 hours per day on treacherous terrain just to retrieve a small amount of water for cooking, bathing, handwashing, and washing clothing. Our goal is to provide the community with a reliable source of clean water, which will be accessible via a tap stand at each house and community building.
SANTA ANA DE MANCERO
The municipality of Guamote, the biggest in Ecuador, is located at the south of Ecuador with a population of nearly 55,000 people, of which 97% are indigenous. Almost 98% of Guamote residents live in extreme poverty and 95% of them do not have access to potable water. Our goal is to partner with Novulis, a nonprofit with extensive experience in Guamote, to provide sustainable potable water solutions for the highest-risk communities within Guamote. Santa Ana de Mancero is one of the highest risk communities within Guamote.
We have completed two projects in the community of Tingo Pucará, Ecuador. The first project completed in 2012 was a water supply project, and the second involved educating the residents on how to construct their own latrines. The indigenous community of Tingo is comprised of roughly 150 residents, who are mostly subsistence farmers. After the completion of the water supply project in 2012, the residents of Tingo have come together to build a guest house and start a small museum exhibiting artifacts and educational materials about their history and heritage. They have even begun attracting some tourists to their small, remote community.