Just imagine living in a remote location on a river with no way to cross it to buy food, seek medical care, go to work or school. Children would need to walk through moving river waters to get to school. Mothers would wade through dangerous waters over slippery rocks with sick babies that needed to see a doctor. Then during the rainy season when the waters became to high to cross the entire village would be cut off from civilization.
|Can you Imagine having to do this |
to get to your own home?
|The completed bridge|
This is where EWB-P can help by coming up with a project idea to build a bridge, a school or medical clinic, a community center, install irrigation systems, provide electricity, clean water or sanitation. Made up of volunteers with engineering backgrounds, or students in engineering programs, EWB-P is helping to change lives, one project at a time. A not-for-profit, secular, non-government organization, EWB-P is part of Engineers Without Borders International with partners in over 45 developing countries.
"Our goal is to come up with sustainable projects with affordable technology and teach the people in these communities how to use the materials," said Clinton. Volunteers work closely with Panama's indigenous people and poverty-stricken communities to provide them with basic human needs like clean drinking water, sanitation and electricity.
|Old Tree Bridge|
Troubled by the plight of Panama's poor population CH2M-Hill, a global engineering and construction firm decided to establish a division of Engineers Without Borders International in Panama. They supported their decision with a generous grant in 2012 and Engineers Without Borders Panama was born. But change doesn't come cheap and they need donations, grants and people to come up with the ideas that can make a big impact on communities in need.
|Water Purification System|
|Water Catchment System|
Clinton and Linda are passionate about this cause and need to spread the word. I had the chance to chat with this dynamic duo who are just trying to make positive changes in the lives of others. Mahatma Gandhi once said, "be the change you wish to see in the world," and these two certainly are doing just that.
It's always fascinating to see who we bump into on our daily lives here in Panama....along the gringo trail.