ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations.  80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. 

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT CÉSAR AUGUSTO ROJAS, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

Universidad de Las Américas | Quito, Ecuador | Advancing SDG 6 & UNAI 9

" I am immensely excited to be a Millennium Fellow because this gives me a wonderful opportunity to share knowledge and experiences with great people who are also dedicated to solving problems in society around the world. I love what I do and what I am, I enjoy the way I go and all that my career has taught me to give as a service to the planet and its inhabitants in order to obtain an improvement in society and the world. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Canchimalero, a footprint of hope.

Canchimalero, a footprint of hope is a community development project that is carried out between UDLA students and the Canchimalero community. The main objectives of this initative are i) to optimize the disinfection processes of drinking water, ii) the treatment of excreta, and iii) the management of solid wastes in Canchimalero.

All phases of the project will be carried out by students - putting into practice what has been learned in classrooms - with the contribution of teachers. Field activities are carried out with the support of community members, to achieve empowerment and guarantee the success of the project over time.

Canchimalero is a population in the northern coastal zone of Ecuador, where 51 Afro-Ecuadorian families dedicated to artisanal fishing and coconut farming live. Family groups are made up of between five and six members. The project is developed based on the needs raised by the community during a participatory workshop, in which the lack of basic services was demonstrated: drinking water, sewerage and solid waste management.

Goals:
1) 10 dry latrines will be built / people use latrines.
2) The stabilizer (decomposition of feces) will be operated / biological process of organic decomposition is in operation.
3) A compost bin will be built for the management of organic waste /decomposition process in operation, earthworms adapted.
3) Two participatory workshops will be held / 70 members of the community participate actively.
4) A technical talk will be given in the municipality of Valdez about the proper management of the canton water potabilization plant.
5) A filter will be designed and tested to improve the quality of the consumption water/ filter installed and in operation in the community school.

About the Millennium Fellow

César Augusto Rojas Calero is from Santo Domingo, Ecuador, and is 22 years old. He has lived in the Galapagos Islands, where he has understood how important natural conservation is, thanks to that he is a lover of nature and seeks solutions so that society contaminates as little as possible. Study Environmental Engineering at the University of the Americas. He has participated in research projects and in one of those where he is doing his thesis on Microplastics in fish. His talents in photography and audiovisual production have helped him make his research more productive.

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