Our first projects were in Lahu hill tribe villages in northern Thailand (2005-2007). Working with a local NGO, Faith International, we helped construct two water systems and a school during this three-year period. Our first year project included 7 students 1 faculty member and 1 community partner travel for construction. By 2011 we had grown to 29 students, 2 faculty members and 11 community partners who traveled.



  • 2005 Huai Houk, water
  • 2006 Mae Yang Min, school
  • 2007 Huai Houk, Mae Yang Min, water phase II


Fort Lewis College began working in Laos in 2008 in cooperation with the United Nations, UNESCO, working with villages associated with the proposed Plain of Jars World Heritage Site. We have completed our work in this partnership and are branching out to assist other communities in the region. Our goal is to help needy communities implement sustainable water and sanitation projects in the Xieng Khouang province located in north central Laos. The Paek and surrounding districts have been described as the most impoverished in Laos, one of Asia's poorest nations. In 2006 the annual family income in this region was estimated to be less than $500 per household (4-8 people). Comparing this to the United Nations extreme poverty benchmark of $1 per day per person puts these villages in perspective.

  • 2008 Ban Pheo, water system
  • 2009 Ban Pheo, sanitation
  • 2009 Ban Songhak, water system
  • 2010 Ban Songhak, sanitation
  • 2010 Ban Namhom, water system
  • 2011 Ban Pakhom, water
  • 2011 Ban Na Kham Pheng, water phase I
  • 2012 Ban Na Kham Pheng, water phase II
  • 2013, Ban Namko, water


The communities of Chimborazo are located in central Ecuador, northwest of the city of Riobamba high in the Andes Mountains. They are literally located on the slopes of Mount Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador. With villages situated an average elevation of 3600 meters, these mountain people are mostly subsistence farmers growing corn, potatoes, barley and raising sheep, dairy cows and alpaca. We are working in numerous communities in the area. Some are close to a paved road with frequent bus service while others are more remote and simple transport is a routine challenge. Improved potable water and sanitation are the highest priorities in these communities. All the communities are indigenous, Quechua people.


  • 2007 Cordillera de los Andes, water
  • 2008 Milan Chauhan, water
  • 2008 Pulingui San Pablo, water
  • 2009 Ganquis, water
  • 2010 Santa Martha, water
  • 2010 Guadalupe, water
  • 2011 Gallo Rumi, water
  • 2011 Marco Pamba, water
  • 2012 Ganquis, sanitation
  • 2012 Guadalupe, sanitation
  • 2013 Lilla, sanitation phase I
  • 2014 Lilla, sanitation phase II
  • 2014 Chini Huaico, sanitation
  • 2021 Llilla, school classroom
  • 2022, Chinihueco, school classroom


  • 2014 San Francisco de Limon, water
  • 2015 Rio Arriba, water
  • 2015 Las Palmas, water
  • 2016 La Ceiba, water
  • 2016 San Francisco, Rio Arriba, Las Palmas, sanitation
  • 2017 Linda Vista, water
  • 2017 San Francisco, Rio Arriba, Las Palmas, La Ceiba, sanitation
  • 2019 La Luz, water
  • 2019 Los Terrerio, water
  • 2021 Pacli, water
  • 2022, Las Animas, water


  • 2015 Pone Ton, water
  • 2015 Pone Phrone, water
  • 2016 Nong Boat, water
  • 2017 Khun Don, water
  • 2017 Mine Loan, water
  • 2018, Than Taung, water
  • 2019, Kaung Wine, water
  • 2019, Kaung Kae, water
  • 2019, Aung Lei, water