AAUW-Durango Village Aid Project Recipients

Since 2005, young women from Fort Lewis have volunteered their time, expertise, and passion to help both the student organization and people in developing communities where hardship is a way of life, especially for the women and young girls whom bear the primary role of water hauler, cook, and domestic.  These women share with these partnering communities a vision of female leadership, empowerment, the role of education, and equity for both themselves and daughters. since 2019 AAUW Durango Branch has been helping to fund VAP students.



Jessie Urban

I am a third-year student at Fort Lewis College majoring in general engineering with a concentration in energy. I have a strong passion for renewable energy systems and hope to study them further in graduate school. This is my first year participating in VAP, and I will be traveling to Nicaragua to implement a water system in late May. My main job is to assess and build the water source for the system. After my trip with VAP, I will be participating in research at Cornell University in New York for the rest of the summer. In the future, I plan to continue my participation with VAP in hopes to do similar projects.



Olivia (Livi) Curmono


Jenna Brown