Unlock the potential of Culli Culli Alto, Bolivia with safe, clean potable water
Photo Credit: Photos taken by EWB North Texas Chapter members during a fall 2016 assessment trip.
Help 490 people gain access to clean potable water
The community of Culli Culli Alto in Bolvia needs your help. None of the families have potable water access. 99% of the people in this region live below the poverty line and 78% in extreme poverty, meaning their income cannot cover basic nutritional requirements at local prices. Gaining access to clean water will not only help grow their local economy, but also attract tourists to an archeological site with Chullpas -- ancient tombs from the Moon Era.
Our Engineers Without Borders - North Texas Professional volunteers are working hand-in-hand with the people of Culli Culli Alto. We just completed an assessment trip last fall (volunteers funded their own airfare) and are starting the design process. The local community has agreed to contribute 5% of project costs. Your generous support will help make this vision a reality!
Your donation will be hard at work
- To repair an existing inoperable well so it can be used as the primary water source.
- Design and construct a water storage tank.
- Design and construct a distribution infrastructure to deliver water to the community.
About Culli Culli Alto, Bolivia
Culli Culli Alto is a large and fairly dispersed community of Aymaran ethnicity in the Altiplano or high plateau region of Bolivia. They are farmers of quinoa and potatoes for personal consumption, barley for feed, and cattle. Most of their income comes from selling cow milk to the biggest dairy company in Bolivia, PIL, and they sell live cattle for meat. Some of the young men seek seasonal work in cities as vendors or construction workers. There is also a school that goes up to 6th grade within the community.
The community identifies potable water followed by irrigation as their principle needs. 90% were recently connected to the electric grid. Only 10-20% of the families have any type of bathroom which are simple pit latrines. The regional infant mortality rate is 74 (out of 1000 live births), though women from Culli Culli Alto identified that in a given year one child/infant will die from disease, in other years none.
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Engineers Without Border's vision is a world in which every community has the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs.