Engineering Support to Orphanage in Nicaragua

 
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Wright-Pierce Environmental Team Partners with a Local Nonprofit to Tackle Significant Infrastructural Needs of an Orphanage

Wright-Pierce’s Peter Atherton leads team of more than 50 volunteers to Nicaragua to provide education and infrastructure improvements to Ometepe island community.

Portsmouth and Manchester, NH – Leading New England civil and environmental engineering firm Wright-Pierce announced that Peter Atherton, Senior Vice President and professional civil engineer, has recently led a team of more than 50 volunteers to the Island of Ometepe, Nicaragua in partnership with a local non-profit organization he helps lead, ADios Ministries, and the Nicaraguan Christian Children’s Center (CICRIN) orphanage to provide education, infrastructure improvements and community resources to the isolated, impoverished island community.

"As one of the most impoverished countries in the Western hemisphere, many communities in Nicaragua lack the resources to tackle their infrastructure needs and that affects the lives of people who are in many ways just like you and me,” said Peter Atherton, Senior Vice President with Wright Pierce. "We are thrilled to be able to provide these communities with our hands to serve and engineering expertise to ensure that the children have access to schools and remain safe during challenging weather conditions.”

Since 2009 Wright-Pierce and its engineers has been working collaboratively to support ADios Ministries in addressing  significant infrastructure needs and implementing programs to improve the quality of life within the orphanage’s community.

For one major erosion control project, Atherton, with assistance from a number of Wright-Pierce’s engineers, developed a master plan to save the orphanage’s land from severe erosion during the area’s extreme wet and dry seasons. Multiple teams over several years worked closely with community members to build retaining walls and water channels with local materials to preserve the eroding beach and surrounding structures, and a concrete road to provide safe access. As part of the project, Wright-Pierce taught basic engineering principles to Ometepe residents so they are able themselves to better address and protect their land from future erosion.

In addition to providing support for efforts in Nicaragua, Wright-Pierce has also launched similar work and programs to support a non-profit organization serving in Haiti, helping to install a water supply system to critical sections of a local hospital; as well as, helping to improve sanitation in a sugar cane plantation in the Dominican Republic.

"Peter’s efforts are the type of philanthropic culture we have built at Wright-Pierce over the past 67 years,” said William E. Brown, President and CEO. "Whether it’s building a water supply system in Haiti, addressing infrastructure concerns in Nicaragua or conducting a food drive for a local shelter, we understand the importance of giving back, and contributing to the world beyond our four walls.” 

Atherton, who works with many municipalities in New Hampshire, co-led two teams totaling more than 50 volunteers to Nicaragua in March 2014.

Peter Atherton, PE
Senior Vice President

 

 

"Peter’s efforts are the type of philanthropic culture we have built at Wright-Pierce over the past 67 years,” said William E. Brown, President and CEO. "Whether it’s building a water supply system in Haiti, addressing infrastructure concerns in Nicaragua or conducting a food drive for a local shelter, we understand the importance of giving back, and contributing to the world beyond our four walls.”

Peter and a second year law student and local leader of the ADios Ministries’ Talents to Treasures Program in Nicaragua take a break after installing a water filter in her family’s home. The Program encourages, supports and mentors motivated students to earn money for their college education through good grades and leadership in their churches and communities.

Closer to home, Pete and a team of wastewater engineers are currently collaborating with a group of University of New Hampshire (UNH) students on an innovative Senior Capstone pilot project focused on urine harvesting and reuse in order to both reduce a major source of nitrogen pollution, and to aid in the development of sustainable agriculture.


If you would like more information about the ADios Ministries Program please contact Pete at peter.atherton@wright-pierce.com.