Part of an international, nonprofit humanitarian organization, EWB-USA began in 2000 when representatives from Belize reached out to a professor from the University of Colorado-Boulder for help designing a water-delivery system for the village of San Pablo.
In the fall of 2008, Sevi, a 1995 Norwich graduate who worked with EWB during graduate studies at the Missouri Institute of Science & Technology, helped establish a program at Norwich, the country’s oldest private military college. It is not yet known if the group will become an official chapter, but the mission is the same.
Sevi also helped identify Patapatani as a project site, while eight civil engineering students, including Seifert and Markowski, raised money for the Bolivian endeavor. The first trip was intended to scope out the problem and meet the Bolivians.
“The people of the town were very helpful and excited,” said Markowski. They hiked up to seven hours a day to find sources of fresh water in the potato fields and herding lands around Patapatani, which sits at 12,000 feet above sea level. “We were able to experience how they live and become a part of it,” she said. continue