Opening EIA Office in La Paz

Posted on: June 20, 2008

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!