When it comes to EOS International and the crucial work we undertake, it seems that every year is a big one for the organization, and 2016 was no exception. Last year we were selected to participate in the prestigious Latin American Business Accelerator program through Agora Partnerships. The program provides high-potential, early-stage organizations solving social and environmental challenges the opportunity to grow their businesses, impact, and leadership skills through customized one-on-one consulting and access to mentors, investors, and a global community of peers.
EOS also started growing our educational global leadership programs, inviting 38 students from five universities to join us in Nicaragua. This hands-on experience not only benefits EOS with new perspectives from students, but inspires the next generation of changemakers. It was an opportunity just like this one that inspired the creation of EOS almost a decade ago.
One of our prouder moments of this past year was the launch of our new online technology mapping system, which allows our donors to see every one of our installations. By tagging each installation with GPS coordinates, we are able revisit and analyze technologies long after the initial installation, insuring long-term success and constant improvement of our technology solutions.
That wasn’t the only big news in 2016. Since our humble beginnings in 2008, EOS’ U.S. team has operated primarily with the help of dedicated volunteers. This past year we were excited to create new staff positions to help propel the organization forward and create change in Central America at a faster pace. In June of 2016, I was honored to step into the position of CEO and carry out the great work that EOS is doing each day.
Lastly and most importantly, I want to personally thank you for your investment in EOS International. The accomplishments in the following pages of this report could not have happened without you. As you read these stories, please remember that it was you that made this possible. Since 2008, you and your gifts have allowed EOS to directly impact 239,000 people with our 1,400 installations. Thank you so much for your support.
It has been a pleasure to be with EOS for these past six years. Looking back, I remember the first few years at EOS, when I was the only employee. I would travel on the public bus across Nicaragua to meet with partners, clients, and purchase materials. When we needed to buy barrels to make our ovens, we had to transport them on top of the bus to our office to be welded. This was a humbling experience, but a time that I will never forget.
With your help we have been able to buy vehicles and hire a staff of twelve to further our reach and expand our impact throughout the country. Our team is now made up of dreamers and visionaries dedicated to our mission and vision to help those families in need. I am impressed by your generosity for people who live thousands of miles away. Other Nicaraguans ask me, “Why are these people helping us?” I can only answer that they are incredible people with a big heart. I am amazed by your generous support. Your gifts have a big impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of Nicaraguans. Thank you.
Raise awareness about our low-cost, high-impact technologies and their impact on communities.
Produce appropriate technologies with locally sourced materials that are easily repairable.
Install technologies that improve health, generate income, and preserve the environment.
Teach recipients how to use, maintain, troubleshoot, and benefit from their technologies.
Revisit and analyze technologies regularly to ensure their impact creates positive change.