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 ESTEBAN ANDRÉS CASTAÑEDA CHÁVEZ, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

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

" I am excited about to be part of the Millennium Fellowship because it is going to be a great opportunity to overcome a lot of challenges and learn new things or just to become even better in things i already know. To meet new people from all over the world with different ways of thinking, combine it with what i have already learnt and thus polish ideas for our project and make them come true. So in that way, the people who is going to be involved in our project will have a better life. "

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

Esteban Andrés Castañeda Chávez is 22 years old studying “Environmental Engineering” at Universidad de las Américas. He loves being surrounded by nature, animals and beautiful landscapes. He likes to be part of projects helping and being a support, as well as being a leader, because he always wants to all the people to be involved to give their grain of sand.

Esteban thinks that one of the most virtues is punctuality, to respect the persons and their time. Esteban is a very active person, who always wants to learn more and more, indeed, he says that as humans we are in an nonstop learning process all the time. Right now, he has 3 more Semesters to finish his career.

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