The TreadRight Foundation has partnered with WE Charity to provide a community in the Kanambu region of Ecuador with clean water to drink and use for cooking; healthy sanitation facilities for washing and going to the bathroom; and infrastructure like irrigation or catchment systems to facilitate food production.
The community of Kanambu is located in the Amazon region of Ecuador. While there is a nearby river, this water source is highly contaminated, and piping to a nearby spring contains untreated water and lacks the water pressure to deliver water to the entire community.
With TreadRight’s support, WE is constructing a water treatment centre for the community. This will include:
- Establishing a water catchment system, constructing a water treatment plant, laying piping, and establishing water access points at the school
- Laying the piping for the distribution system that will allow for household access points to be established
- Community mobilization and training, ensuring there is a committee established to maintain the project
“The Kanambu project continues TreadRight’s commitment to helping deliver water interventions in many of the destinations we visit. We are so proud to have now partnered with WE in working to deliver clean water to this community in the Amazon,” says Brett Tollman, Founder, The TreadRight Foundation and Chief Executive, TTC. “Having partnered with WE for years now on a number of sustainability projects and immersive volunteer trips, we appreciate their recognition of the unique needs of each community and their thorough commitment to each project. We look forward to delivering the same positive success in Ecuador that we’ve seen WE deliver around the world.”
As WE’s dedicated team tells us, “clean water isn’t a luxury, it’s a basic human right.” Improving access to clean water is one of the most crucial and quickest ways to lift a community out of poverty. Its positive effect on a community is undeniable. From reducing illness, to improving agriculture, increasing access to food, and giving girls the opportunity to go to school, the transformative power of clean water and sanitation is sweeping.