"We are no longer just designing a piping system; we are helping people get water without a long walk. We are helping them to survive.”
Two-thirds of the world’s population is at risk of facing water shortages by 2025, scientists say. Lakes and rivers fill with pollutants as water’s natural filtration system, including forests and grasslands, are destroyed.
The percentage of women studying toward a degree or working in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and architecture (STEM+A) remains lower than men in both the United States and Mexico. In the U.S., the percentage of women receiving bachelor’s degrees in each STEM field has decreased over the past decade, The Washington Post reported.
“Today’s epidemic of undereducated and impoverished girls is tomorrow’s crisis of instability and conflict, health, hunger, and avoidable child deaths,” the 2016 U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls states.
I remember the exact moment when my university’s staff proposed creating a volunteer student group to work hand-in-hand with Partners of the Americas, an international organization in Washington D.C.
The third major hemispheric 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund workshop will convene in Denver on May 29, coinciding with the newly sworn-in U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson traveling to Mexico City to start her new position. With these milestones, 100,000 Strong in the Americas is poised to launch to a new level of engagement and impact.
I heard that phrase a lot during my internship with Partners of the Americas’ Program Development unit last fall in Washington, D.C., but did not fully understand it. I immediately saw that the internship would not be mundane; I got to experience all of the inner workings of the NGO with days as exciting as a full time employee.