Training on Bamboo Shelters for Civil Engineering Students at the National Polytechnic School

In a week filled with learning and collaboration, Civil Engineering students from the National Polytechnic School immersed themselves in the world of sustainable bamboo construction, thanks to the training provided by the Raíz Ecuador Foundation. The event, which took place from October 23 to 27, 2023, left a lasting impression on all participants. The training was conducted at the facilities of the Raíz Ecuador Foundation and was targeted towards Civil Engineering students from the National Polytechnic School in their 7th and 8th semesters, respectively.

One of the highlights of this training was the leadership of Engineer Nicolay Yanchapanta, who guided the students to actively participate. The experience and passion for sustainable construction from our training staff left a profound impression on the participants, inspiring them to embrace innovation and creativity in their future careers.

In addition to the knowledge gained, the Raíz Ecuador Foundation acknowledged the effort and commitment of the students by awarding them a certificate of participation for the 40 hours of work completed during the training. This certificate serves as a tangible testimony of their dedication and a valuable asset in their future resumes.

What makes this training even more valuable is the understanding that bamboo shelter construction is not only sustainable but also an effective and affordable emergency solution. In times of crisis, the ability to build shelters immediately with specialized technical knowledge is essential. Bamboo shelters represent an environmentally friendly option that can be quickly deployed, providing crucial relief to communities affected by natural disasters or other emergencies.

“The Raíz Ecuador Foundation” expresses gratitude to the students of the National Polytechnic School for their commitment to conducting this training and, at the same time, extends a warm invitation to other universities and schools to join this sustainable construction initiative. Collaboration between institutions has been essential in fostering hands-on learning and advancement in construction in Ecuador.


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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement

Fundación Raíz is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), working with indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian, Montubio, and Mestizo groups across Ecuador.

Our projects support various communities: Sionas, Siekopai, Kofan, Chachi, Kechwa, Waorani and Shuar, covering six linguistic families.

Our CAEMBA housing initiative focuses on the Afro-Ecuadorian and Montubio populations in Esmeraldas, addressing challenges of poverty and high crime rates. We commit to equitable treatment, opportunities for all, and the elimination of barriers to participation.

By valuing every voice and fostering community resilience, we aim to create a more inclusive, equitable society.

Our leadership is committed to DEI principles, ensuring our efforts reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and contribute to sustainable development and social justice.


Fundación Raíz está dedicada a la diversidad, equidad e inclusión (DEI), trabajando con grupos indígenas, afroecuatorianos, montubios y mestizos en todo Ecuador.

Nuestros proyectos apoyan a varias comunidades, Sionas, Siekopai, Kofan, Chachi, Kechwa, Waorani y Shuar, cubriendo seis familias lingüísticas. Nuestra iniciativa de vivienda CAEMBA se centra en las poblaciones afroecuatorianas y montubias en Esmeraldas, abordando desafíos de pobreza y altas tasas de criminalidad.

Nos comprometemos a un trato equitativo, oportunidades para todos y la eliminación de barreras para la participación. Valorando cada voz y fomentando la resiliencia comunitaria, aspiramos a crear una sociedad más inclusiva y equitativa.

Nuestro liderazgo está comprometido con los principios de DEI, asegurando que nuestros esfuerzos reflejen la diversidad de las comunidades que servimos y contribuyan al desarrollo sostenible y la justicia social.