Partners in the Field
Engineers Without Borders Portland State Chapter is a student chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA, dedicated to assisting developing communities around the world. With students from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and skills who work in concert with faculty advisors, professional mentors, and local community leaders, we asses and implement engineering projects that provide basic human needs, such as clean water, power, sanitation, and education. We believe that we can empower developing communities to improve their own conditions while developing our skills as professionals and as leaders.
Visit thier page at http://www.ewbpsu.org/.
Esperanza en Accion works with Nicaraguan artisans to give them the tools to strengthen their small business and provide for their familes. Such projects include fuding a microloan for the implementation of a kiln for an entire village. The women who took the loan, allowed village articiasn to use it in exchange for clay, wood for fire and sometimes rent. With the kiln, many villagers were able to make art that was then sold internationally through Esperanza.
Visit their page at http://www.esperanzaenaccion.org/index.html.
or shop their website for artisan made goods at http://www.esperanzaenaccion.org/retail.html.
RuwenZori View Guesthouse is a family run business that's been open since 1997. Nesteled in what is known affectionately as the Montains of the Moon, RuwenZori View offers guests a home away from home. Offering tours through botanical gardens, rainforests and natural hot springs; this bed and breakfast is independantly run and has had guests from all around the world. As a small business that works in a remote location, RuwenZori relieis on a good reputation, local ingredients for home cooked meals and support from their local community.
Visit them at http://www.ruwenzoriview.com/.
El Sueno de La Campana is a non-profit, non-governmental, secular, apolitical, non-confessional organization that works to employee the people of San Ramon. It is a hotel, an educational and cultural center which put on it's first Passion Fruit celebration in 2010 inviting famers to share their crops, green farming technizues and information on ways to protect the bees which help harvest the passion fruit used to make jams, beverages and pies.
Visit their page at http://www.fundacionlacampana.es/web/index.php.
Habitar is a center for study and participation in the fight for decent housing, community strengthening, and improving social infrastructure including sewer, streets and communal housing. Celebrating 21 years of fighting for civil rights, Habitar works to empower individuals with safe housing, accessible information and strong representation for their community.
Visit thier page at http://www.habitarnicaragua.org/.