Building Bridges with Video

New EiE video production connects children a world apart

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Photo courtesy of Village Tech Solutions
Colorado schoolchildren were inspired by an EiE lesson to raise funds that helped repair this bridge in Nepal
Friday, February 21, 2014

Fourth-graders at the Colorado-based STEM Magnet Lab School were using EiE's geotechnical engineering unit A Stick in the Mud: Evaluating a Landscape last year when they learned about an innovative kind of bridge called a TarPul—and about an organization that builds these bridges to help villagers in Nepal cross rain-swollen rivers.

After reading the EiE storybook (about a Nepalese boy who helps engineers find a good site for a TarPul), and after engineering their own model TarPuls, the students donated the proceeds from their class fundraiser to the California-based nonprofit Village Tech Solutions (VTS).

VTS used the funds to repair a bridge in Gothdanda Village, Nepal, and documented their work on video.

Now EiE's videography team has turned the footage into a compelling short video. David Sowerwine, VTS founder and manager, hopes the heartwarming story of cross-cultural connections will inspire others.

"We'll use this splendid video in our fundraising efforts," he says. "We hope to rehabilitate more bridges before the monsoons this June."

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