Village Aid Project

Past Projects

EWB Past Projects

Working in Thailand

Our first projects were in Lahu hilltribe 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

Working in Laos

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 Loas, one of Asia's most 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 Phakeo, water system
2009 Ban Phakeo, sanitation
2009 Ban Songhak, water system
2010 Ban Songhak, sanitaion
2010 Ban Namhom, water system
2011 Ban Pakhom, water
2011 Ban Nakhampheng, water phase I
2012 Ban Nakampheng, water phase II
2013, Ban Namko, water

Working in Ecuador

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 an routine challenge. Improved potable water and sanitation are the highest priorities in these communities. All of the communities are indigenous, Quechua people. 

2007 Cordillera de los Andes, water
2008 Milancahuan, 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 Lllilla, sanitation phase I
2014 Llilla, sanitation phase II
2014, Chini Huaico, sanitation

Working in Nicaragua

 Nicaragua is the poorest country in South and Central America. We are working in the north central state of Nueva Segovia in villages on the Honduran border in the municipality of Jalapa. The people from these communities survive as laborers on coffee plantations working for $4 a  day, when work is available. There is no water, improved sanitaion or electricity in these communitites. We are partnering with the Nicaraguan NGO Agua Para La Vida (APLV) and the local government of the Municipality of Jalapa.

2014 San Francisco, water
2015 Rio Arriba, water
2015 Las Palmas, water
2016 San Francisico, Rio Arriba, Las Palmas - sanitation phase I *
2016 La Ceiba, water*
* In progress

Working in Myanmar

Until recently Myanmar (formerly Burma) has been a "closed" country. Though our collaboration with the Shanta Foundation we are working in Pa'O villages located in the Shan state in the northeast of the country. The Pa'O are mostly subsistence farmers without water or electricity in their communities.

2015 Pon Tone, water
2015 Pon Phrone, water

VAPewb at FLC raises all of the funds to pay for the program costs which are about $20,000 for each village. We are an all volunteer organization with less than 1% in over head costs. Please consider sponsoring our work.