Etta Projects

Etta Projects' mission has two principle initiatives. The first is to partner with Bolivian communities to implement sustainable solutions to the challenge of poverty. Since 2003 Etta Projects has connected with over 50 villages, serving more than 3,500 people. Our organization is dedicated to working with communities to empower local people to appraise and analyze their lives and living conditions, evaluate their own problems and identify possible solutions. We are committed to participatory methodologies, green practices and the use of local resources. The core of all projects is training and education to empower participants with the tools to make sustainable changes in their lives. ...

Etta Projects
13624 Vintage Drive SW
Port Orchard, Washington 98367
United States
(360) 876-7487
http://www.ettaprojects.org

Executive Director

Pennye Nixon

Management Team

Katie Chandler, Dilma Rodriguez, Amanda Martin

Board of Directors

Yolanda Duralde, Tess Colby, Barbara Willock, Susan Veach, Sue Wolff, Penny Hulse, Jeff White, Sue Little, Holly Batstone, Heidi Grey, Laurie Tinker, David Dewine

Project Leaders

Pennye Nixon

Mission

Etta Projects' mission has two principle initiatives. The first is to partner with Bolivian communities to implement sustainable solutions to the challenge of poverty. Since 2003 Etta Projects has connected with over 50 villages, serving more than 3,500 people. Our organization is dedicated to working with communities to empower local people to appraise and analyze their lives and living conditions, evaluate their own problems and identify possible solutions. We are committed to participatory methodologies, green practices and the use of local resources. The core of all projects is training and education to empower participants with the tools to make sustainable changes in their lives. Solutions often focus on, but are never limited to, the areas of water, sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, leadership training, and education. The second objective of Etta Projects' mission is to bring our experiences and learnings from Bolivia back to the United States to educate and inspire young North Americans to act for positive change. Etta Projects' on-the-ground efforts in Bolivia put us in a unique position to educate students in the U.S. Our work in the U.S. encourages students to consider realities beyond our corner of the world and recognize international challenges related to water, sanitation and poverty.

Programs

Etta projects works with a few communities in a variety of sectors to ensure that the communities receive the help they need and also to ensure the success and long-term sustainability of projects. Etta Project's sanitation program works alongside local families to construct composting latrines. These projects include both hygiene and sanitation along with education within communities about how to use the latrines. In 2011 Etta Projects assisted 70 families with the construction of ecological latrines thereby dramatically improving the sanitation in their homes. Second, Etta Project's water program collaborates with local municipalities and families to construct gravity fed water systems. All water projects are coupled with community hygiene training and capacity building of local water committees. From 2009 to 2011 Etta Projects implemented gravity fed water systems in 10 rural villages. Third, our community health program trains local health promoters in health prevention and first aid care. This program also includes the distribution of large first aid kits and training in program administration and sustainability. From 2003 to 2009 Etta Projects administered two dining halls that provided daily lunches and after-school support to over 200 children in the city of Montero, while connecting hundreds of local women through nutrition and income generation workshops. In 2012 Etta Projects and Rotary international transported a 40-ft container filled with medical equipment to will support children's health, maternal health, and emergency healthcare in six communities. Fourth, Etta Project's healthy schools program connects with local rural schools to implement an integrated program that includes teach training & development; school garden projects; nutrition classes; youth leadership clubs; and productive animal projects. From 2009 to 2011 Etta Projects supported 30 rural schools through teacher development training, school gardens, productive animal projects, and youth leadership groups. Finally, Etta Project's community leadership program provides local leaders with democratic leadership training as well as activities that promote grassroots community development. Since its inception Etta Projects has provided training and capacity building to hundreds of community leaders.

Statistics on Etta Projects

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2013: $335,433
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $335,433
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