EWB MST replaced two of the three bridges on the campus with materials and plans left for them to complete the third. Our students went out into the community and in the classroom to teach about UV water purification methods that use the sun to disinfect water.
We got up to the second level with the self composting latrines with plans and materials left once again to complete it. The generator housing was completed, rewiring around the school, light instillation, and a new generator on the way. Last, about seven valves were put in the existing water lines.
We reached our first milestone. On Thursday June 20th, EIA opened its first international office on the the 11th floor of the Cosmos Building, which is located on the main boulevard of La Paz, the capitol of Bolivia. There were 20-30 persons present including, of course, our Bolivian team of Milton de la Cruz, Dr. Ruben Mamani, members of the Board of Directors in addtion to Dr. Mamani: Mike Keyse, Bishop Carlos Poma, and myself; representatives of the Skiatook First United Methodist Church who funded the pilot project for EIA, plus various members of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Bolivia who had partnered with us in the development of this organization.
Short speeches were presented by our EIA staff: Milton de la Cruz and Dr. Ruben Mamani. Dr. Rolando Yanapa, Secretary of Services for the Methodist Church (who was in Oklahoma in April), and the Medical Doctor who runs rural development for the Methodist Church also shared short speeches.
And then there was a long rambling speech by the Director of Operations —-ME; which inlcuded sharing some of our dreams and goals for the work of this office for the next 5 years. To avoid any jealousy or competition, the gifts to the office (GPS, camara and IP phone) were given in private at a later time. It was an important milestone for our organization and all went well; as we honored the Bolivian tradition of having formal meetings about EVERYTHING!