Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), GVC (Italy), La Guilde (France), and Action Aid Hellas (Greece) are non-governmental organisations with sound expertise in management of humanitarian action and volunteering worldwide. Now, together with their partner Ecuasol (Ecuador) they are implementing the project: “Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges: EU Aid Volunteers strengthening capacities and resilience of communities affected by humanitarian crises in third countries – VOL4AID”.
The project’s objectives may be summarised as:
1) To engage European citizens in complementing and contributing to Humanitarian Action
2) To ensure high quality management of EU Aid Volunteers by the project participants.
3) To secure the capacities and upgrade the management systems of hosting organizations and local partner organizations for EU Aid volunteers’ deployment, and contribution to their humanitarian interventions.
4) To promote among the European citizenship innovative new ways of engagement in volunteering in humanitarian action (online and employee volunteering).
In this framework, a total of 61 volunteers will be deployed to Colombia, Haiti, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, Senegal, Lebanon, and Cambodia.
More specifically, Alianza por la Solidaridad is deploying 5 volunteers to Alianza por la Solidaridad Ecuador.
SPECIFIC CONTEXT OF WORK
In the last seven years, Alianza por la Solidaridad has contributed in improving the environmental conditions of the inhabitants in 24 cantons of Ecuador. Thanks to the Management of Solid Urban Waste (MSW), we have taken action in 12% of the municipalities in 7 of the 25 provinces of the country.
Through the responsible and efficient MSW management, clean public spaces such as streets and parks are provided by avoiding the proliferation of polluting vectors (flies, dogs, rodents) that allow the spread of diseases. These diseases are mainly gastro intestinal, and affect the most vulnerable populations - especially groups of older adults, children, as well as women who are the ones who usually deal daily with the disposal of household waste.
The Autonomous Government Decentralized of El Puyo deals with the integral management of the solid waste generated in its territory.
The management process starts from the classification in the source and the delivery separated from the waste into groups of organic and inorganic.
The organic wastes are managed through a process of composting which permits the extraction of solid fertilizers and liquids that are used in the recuperation of soils with low agricultural potential. The inorganic wastes are subject to a process of triage through which the groups susceptible to be recycled for a later commercialization with authorized managers. The composting and recuperation of recyclables contribute to the material valuation of waste in conceptual setting of a circular economy.
The fraction of rejection in the triage process is subject to a high density sanitary refilling which is established following an environmental management plan that avoids environmental contamination, in order to avoid effects on populated near-by areas (in no case less than two Km.)
The work done by volunteers will be part of the technical team Alianza Foundation that works in technical assistance of the Joint Public Utility Companies. In the setting of technical assistance secure work conditions are guaranteed, therefore protecting all technical personnel from the Alianza Foundation and all program volunteers.
The entire RSU management process is linked to the implementation of a communicational plan aimed at the target population, which has been built with inclusive criteria and a gender approach.
The sustainability of the Solid Urban Waste management model is guaranteed since the application of a plan with mixed financing constituted by public contributions, the payment of a rate on the part of users, under the principal of subsidies crossed with a tariff applied to the users, guarantees a fair contribution to the people.
Alianza Ecuador, as a hosting organization, respects the creeds of its members, an action combined with the Joint Public Utility Companies to not develop any type of interventions within which any sort of religious practice could be implemented.