RPCV projects

Alto Coca Trip Report from Keteka

Last newsletter, we featured a story on the new conservation tourism spot Alto Coca, founded by friend of Friend of Ecuador Mark Thurber. We also featured a post from a new adventure tourism website called Keteka. Well, in the interim, we were able to hook Keteka up with Alto Coca for this stirring trip report. We’ve grabbed the story from Keteka’s website. Check out their page for some photos and video.

Last night, I saw an active volcano erupt and I’ve since nominated it Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Seen. I’ve been to 19 countries in the world and seen some pretty cool stuff along the way, so I don’t award that title lightly. Let me explain how I had the privilege to see this.

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RPCV Dana Rasch and the Las Mercedes Project

RPCV Dana Rasch (2009-2010) founded the Las Mercedes project in 2009 to support the construction of a health clinic in the community Las Mercedes, located in the city of Huaquillas, Ecuador. Friends of Ecuador helped in the initial stages of the project, until it obtained its own 501c3 status. Here is his recent post about how the project is doing:

Monday, May 27th, 2013

I arrived in Ecuador on May 13th and, fortunately, I have hardly had a moment to rest over the past couple weeks.  Most of my time has been dedicated to the preliminary project evaluation that was completed last week by Engineers without Borders (EWB), an international NGO that carries out infrastructure projects around the globe.  The first step for EWB in any new project is to complete an on-site evaluation to determine which project they will carry out, and if that project is feasible.  This evaluation includes a survey of the land as well as the completion of a community-based needs assessment that consists of house-to-house interviews.  Overall, their visit was a tremendous success!   If we can put all the pieces together, then our non-profit, EWB, the local government, and the residents of Las Mercedes can execute a collaborative project that will have tremendous impact in the community.   I’m excited to share the details of the proposed project, but let me start from the beginning… …

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