Building Bridges with Video

New EiE video production connects children a world apart


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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