Come have a delicious Peruvian lunch at Lima Criolla in Austin, TX, on Friday, Dec. 7th. Lunch is $30. This is fundraiser for an important irrigation project in Peru. Lunch will be outdoors on the patio unless weather is bad. We will briefly discuss the project while enjoying a meal.
We are the Greater Austin Chapter of Engineers Without Borders – USA (EWB-USA). EWB-USA is a nonprofit humanitarian organization established to support community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects.
The Greater Austin Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is raising money for one of our projects in Peru, titled Climate Adaptation in Mountain Basins in the Andean Region (CAMBIAR). With the highest density of tropical glaciers on the Earth, Peru is extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change; only 2% of the country’s water resources are stored where 70% of the population resides. In recent decades, these sources of fresh water have become less dependable and many of the rural communities have experienced water shortages during the dry season. The impacts of these shortages have been felt most acutely by farmers and ranchers in the region who have noticed changes in crop yields and struggled to maintain adequate pasture land. We have partnered with rural communities in the Ancash region of Peru to address imminent water and climate-related adaptation issues.
There is an insufficient water supply for irrigation in these subsistence farming communities in Peru. Their existing canal system is also deteriorating due to erosion and poor maintenance. This water shortage causes food scarcity and malnutrition in the community. Our team has been working for 4 years on addressing the water shortages in this area. We have gone on two implementation trips, during which parts of the canal were lined and a dam was constructed. Both of these implementation trips were successful and have improved the community's irrigation system, yet our work there is not done.
Currently, the Peru team is at a standstill. While the plans for our final implementation are finalized, the chapter lacks the funds needed to proceed with implementation. We hope to raise enough money to travel to Peru for the last time and finish all of the hard work we started, to give the community the water they need to survive. Your generous donation will go directly to the project funds for CAMBIAR, which will be used for obtaining materials, paying for local construction workers, and purchasing flight tickets to Peru. The sooner we raise enough money, the sooner these communities have an adequate supply of water through dry seasons.