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April 21, 2008;
Will Patrick, Maggie Hoff, Eric Thorne, Patrick Ye, Thomas Groethe, Matt Ball, Ga-Young Joung, Stephanie Chang

Project Background:
Dr. Christine Beaule has worked as an archaeologist in Condor Chinoka Bolivia for several years. The villagers in the area has desired a bridge for ten years. We hope to do a site assessment for a potential bridge to serve nine communities in the Obrajes Valley.


  • Take engineering data
    • survey data on the river and surrounding area
    • soils data to determine bearing capacity
  • Find available materials, labor
  • Impact assessment
    • schools, medical care, farming/herding productivity increases

Potential Problems

  • altitude of 14000 feet may cause medical issues
  • Contentious views on where bridge can go
  • Past communication problems; still have yet to actually contact the village
    • snail mail?
  • Would be useful to distribute a written survey
  • Ownership; will this be built on someone's land?
    • Dr. Beaule describes the community as egalitarian
    • Committee formation and meeting the community is important
      • subcommittee under existing leadership or democratically-elected subcommittee?
      • organization of local political structure?
      • develop strong community partners; find people that will help us plan
      • community gathers maintenance fees?
  • bridge labor? what contribution can people make?

Each project leader should send me or Maggie the following information before your scheduled evaluation:

  1. Who are the project leaders?
  2. Who is going on the project?
    • Patrick, Matt, and Ga-Young have CLACS grants; Dr. Beaule may or may not come
    • Stephanie, Thomas Groethe, Tom Hadzor will also attend
  3. When is the project and how long will it be?
    • May 12 to June 1
  4. Where will you be going and where will you be staying?
    • Condor Chinoka, a village in Obrajes (near La Paz)

At the meeting please be ready to answer the following questions:

  1. Please bring a budget of expenses and be ready to explain how you intend to pay for each expense.
  • ~$1650 per person * 6 = $9900; $4250 in grants
  • insurance covering vaccines? EWB covering them?













    x 7


    - Grant Money




    Additional Funding:
  1. Lord Foundation
  2. Individual Contribution
  3. P3 Grant (75 grand for building bridge)
  4. (possibly more from Stephanie's and Dr. Beaule's grants)
  5. What is the purpose of the trip this summer and how does it contribute to the overall project?
  6. Why are X number of people going on the project this summer? How was each team member selected to travel? What does each travel team member contribute to the team and what will their role be on the project?
  7. What specific goals are you trying to accomplish this summer? What are your metrics for success?
    • complete data set...
    • find more projects; get ready for P3 phase II
    • create write-up
  8. How has the team been preparing for the project?
    • surveying, voluntary language training,
  9. Who are you are working on the ground? Who are your community partners?
  10. How will there be project continuity going into next semester?
    • fundraising?
    • Dr. Schaad plans to incorporate this project into EGR185, the sustainable design class
    • Organize, compile data, speak with professors on bridge designs
    • Make an EWB and DukeEngage project; need to fill out paperwork for site assessment and other
  11. Will your project this summer turn into an official EWB project?

Questions drawn directly from EWB-USA project application forms:

  1. Describe the community you will be working in.
  2. What need or problem are you trying to address?
  3. What is the role of the host community in the project? Is there a significant contribution by the host community to the project? How can the community contribute to the project?

Environmental Impacts

  • Scour undercutting the bridge downstream of the pipes
  • concrete not the world's most sustainable material

Other questions to consider:

  1. Have other EWB chapters completed projects similar to yours?  Can you contact them for more information?
  2. Is there a history of "development work" in your area? Who were the participating organizations, what did they attempt to do, and were they successful?
  3. How are "outsiders" viewed in your community?

Things to Think About

  1. Publications about involving the community
    • asking community with design, finding materials, surveying, paying them for labor to transfer ownership
  2. community leadership (democratically chosen committee)
    • maintenance of bridge after construction (small tax from citizens)
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