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Empowering Communities

Our Empowering Communities project is the cornerstone of most of our other projects. Our other projects are based on the premises set down within this project. Empowering Communities focuses on the concept that the basis for a strong community is in the active and dynamic participation of its members. A strong community leverages the strength of each of its members to empower the whole community. An “Empowered Community” uses that collective strength to become self sufficient and independent, more productive in promoting and achieving its vision and goals, and more able to care for its own members. Now more than ever, in these times of transition, chaos and uncertainty, there is a telling need for strong “empowered” communities to unite, sustain, and guide us.

 
     
 
LatinPharma

LatinPharma is a joint project of ECIE and the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva, Switzerland to develop, promote and organize the pharmaceutical industry within the Andean Community. It began as an international conference held in 2002 in El Salvador. From there, a website was developed to serve as a year round resource for the Latin American pharmaceutical community. Since then, ECIE and its partner Eduzyme in Lima, Peru were actively involved in organizing and sponsoring another international conference in 2003 in Lima, Peru. ECIE continues to be actively involved in the website development as well as in virtual forums held prior to the yearly conferences. The following page has more information on this project. Visit LatinPharma at www.latinpharma.net to see this community in action (website is in Spanish).

 
     
 
-ps

This is a project that can be termed as a pilot project for our Empowering Communities project to demonstrate the applicability of the model. AIPEUC-PS is the Washington State Chapter of the Association of Peruvian Institutions in the United States of America and Canada (AIPEUC), a national organization with 10 chapters in 8 states. ECIE is a founding member of the chapter and is active in promoting it to the Peruvian community in Washington State. As an organization founded by individuals of Peruvian heritage, this project benefits ECIE by promoting our work, but it also provides us with a working model for our Empowering Communities project. The following page describes the AIPEUC-PS organization in more detail. Visit our website at www.aipeuc-ps.org to see this community in action (site is in Spanish).

 
     
 
Comunidades Latinas

Comunidades Latinas del Northwest is another recent ECIE project organized as part of the Empowering Communities project. This project is taking what ECIE has learned from our AIPEUC-PS project and applying it on a much larger scale, including all the Latino communities in the Northwest, which includes the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and the Province of British Columbia in Canada. By utilizing a community-oriented web site engine to build a participatory website, ECIE’s goal is to bring the Latino communities together, to unite them in a common cause and to empower them by giving them the tools for communication and information exchange in a language and style which is familiar to them. The following page describes this project in more detail. Visit our website at www.comunidadeslatinasdelnw.net to see this community in action (website is in both English and Spanish).