These are projects that we are currently working on and actively developing to deliver results to the target communities.
Rainewable is a rainwater catchment system that allows for the collection and consumption of safe drinking water for communities in rural Nicaragua. According to a 2017 UNICEF/WHO report, only 29% of rural Nicaragua had access to clean drinking water, forcing about 1.74 million people to consume water infected with pathogens and animal defecation. Children often become sick from drinking and bathing in this water, and therefore are forced to miss school. In addition, girls more often than boys are tasked with the chore of fetching water from streams up to half a mile away from their homes, 3-4 times a day. This disproportionately affects girls' education and their ability to learn as well. The key to solving this problem? Access to clean water.
Through partnering with non-profit organization Project Schoolhouse, engineers, and local members of Rio Blanco, our goal is to provide clean water to those living in these communities to allow children to attend school more regularly. Through the dedicated efforts of our team members and the support of faculty and business advisors, Rainewable has gained over $21,000 in funding. Currently, we are in the planning process for building a prototype of the rainwater catchment system on campus.
Idhant is a nonprofit organization based in Pune, India that works towards the educational empowerment of underprivileged children in and around Pune. Texas Enactus has partnered with Idhant to improve the overall process of acquiring and maintaining volunteers, developing a curriculum for the students, and creating positive change in the health and education of the children. Texas Enactus is working to conduct an analysis of the current state of Idhant's processes and a deep audit of the non-profit as a whole. We will then develop a strategy to encourage more consistent attendance by students and volunteers.
In India, there is a particular need for accessible education. Most children are unable to and are even discouraged from pursuing their education after primary school in order to help their families meet ends by entering the work force.