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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


" I am really excited to be a Millennium Fellow because it is a super important opportunity to be able to share knowledge with other people and because we don't learn from each other about what we want to achieve. In addition, all this participation is very important to me since I can develop my acquired knowledge and to acquire in the university with vulnerable communities that really need it so that they have a better development for them and their families since the best prize that one receives is gratitude. and see the smile on his face taking into account that all your efforts in a certain way are not only based on money but also on doing good to other people. "

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

Maria Jose Ramos is from Quito, Ecuador and is 22 years old. She is a person who enjoy the nature, to learn about more the environment, to help with her knowledge acquired in the University to vulnerable communities and is passionate about caring for the enviroment. She is studying enviromental enginnering at Universidad de las Americas and she is about to finish her biggest dream since she is short of graduation and above all she is about to enter the decisive semester where she begins to develop her thesis.

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