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.
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.