What had started as a trip to assess the water sanitation quality in Calcha, a small local village, turned into a recognition of the immediate need for access to farmland and transportation facilities, according to Jay Bender ’20 and Cynthia Horna ’19.
While many of us often dream of making the world a better place, a small group of students at Cornell are working hard to turn that dream into reality. Members from Cornell’ s chapter of Engineers Without Borders will be spending the summer in Calcha, Bolivia, building a bridge that would help the local community become more sustainable. Started during the 2011- 2012 academic year, this is EWB Cornell’s first project. Yezy Lim’ 17, executive board member, explained that one of the biggest problems that the rural community of Calcha faces is that of a lack of water and an access to farmland. “…[it’s not] because they don’t make food, they just can’t collect the food during harvest time,” Lim said.