Engineers in Action Featured In Bolivian News

Posted on: July 31, 2010

Hey everyone, we made the news!

The local television station in Tarija, Bolivia came out and interviewed our own EIA engineer Milton de la Cruz and Dr. Richard Stephenson of EWB-S&T regarding the Erquis Sud project. This is a joint project of EIA, Habitat For Humanity/Bolivia and EWB-S&T. Milton has been working on this project for about 3 years and it is really taking off now.

The video begins with EIA engineer Milton de la Cruz and then goes to Dr. Richard Stephenson, Faculty Advisor, EWB-Missouri University of Science and Technology. See below the video for a translation of their dialogue.

Translation by Jacob Anderson:

Milton: For Erquis, I’m with Dr. Rick (Stephenson) and students from Missouri University of Science and Technology who are constructing a potable water system, a gift of potable water to the community of Eucaliptos for the houses that were constructed by Hatibtat (for Humanity) for families that could never have the resources to build these basic services. For financing, we have funds obtained by the students and the professors of MST. Actually, directly, we’re working with 30 families, but we’re projecting 100 (families).

Dr. Rick Stephenson: (talking in english)
Community Leader: This project, long-term, more or less, we’re projecting in 2 to 4 years, that we will have services like potable water, sanitary systems, electricity, practially, these three basic services. Practically, this is an example, to the local authorities that we have asked for help and haven’t got anything, thank God, we’ve found this NGO, that this would be an example on how the authorities can help other communities.

65% of Milton’s total support came from a grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The remainder has to be paid from donations from folks like you. We rely on small donations of $25, $50, $100 and $200 to make up the additional $3,000-$4,000 that we need to fund Milton’s position.

Won’t you consider making a gift to this important work?
Milton and the people of Erquis Sud Thank you!