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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. 



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


" For me, it is truly an indescribable pride and happiness to be a Millennial Fellowship, because it gives me the opportunity to fulfill one of my greatest goals in life, which is social assistance. I fully trust that this opportunity will help me to strengthen my conviction and commitment that I have with those who need it most, supporting in such a way that my actions can have a positive impact on the lives of those who lack a fair lifestyle. I am convinced that Millennium Fellowship will help me develop the necessary skills to fight for the rights that have been forgotten by some people. It fills me with joy and hope to know that I have the support of people with the same purpose and I am sure that together we can build great achievements. "

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.

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

Andrés Arias is from Quito, Ecuador and he is 23 years old. His favorite hobbies are traveling, playing sports, and reading. He is a lover and protector of nature and is currently studying a degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Las Americas because he considers it a specialty that will allow him to contribute a great deal to the care of the Environment and its preservation. It is also important to highlight that his values and principles make him a noble person and committed to everything that involves social assistance.

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