Simple needs, page five: Norwich University emagazine

“The most rewarding thing will be the day when the first person turns the faucet and clean water pours into a jug,” said Tracey Breault, a senior civil engineer who is vice president of the chapter and working on the design and fundraising. “Although I won’t be there to see that day, I’m glad I can be part of making it possible.“

The chapter won’t dry up when Patapatani has clean water. Sevi and Wight said they are looking at possible sites in countries such as Senegal for future projects. Seifert, meanwhile, said coming to Norwich from the coast of New Jersey and then traveling all the way to Bolivia to help people obtain a physiological need has shifted his perspective on what culture shock means.

“When I came to Norwich I had no idea that such an incredible opportunity would be laid before me,” he said. “I knew that the civil engineering department participated in different community events, but I had no idea that I would get hands-on experience in the heart of South America.”

Villagers of Patapatani, Bolivia, greet a small delegation of Norwich professors and students visiting to prepare for a service project.

Villagers of Patapatani, Bolivia, greet a small delegation of Norwich professors and students visiting to prepare for a service project.