Bridging Barriers: How a Community Changed Its Future with Help From Engineers Without Borders USA Volunteers

Bridging Barriers: How a Community Changed Its Future with Help From Engineers Without Borders USA Volunteers

by Michael Paddock

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"A well-written tribute to engineering projects and the volunteers who run them." –Kirkus Reviews

Gavina is frustrated. As a midwife with 40 years of experience, she knows what is needed to slash the infant and maternal mortality rates that are ravaging her Guatemalan Highlands community. Only two things stand in her way: a lack of clean water and a raging river nicknamed “The Assassin,” which blocks access to the hospital. Under the mentorship of Mike Shawcross, a crusty old Brit with four decades of international development experience, the Marquette University Engineers Without Borders USA team works with the community to build a water project and construct a bridge that defeats The Assassin. Through engaging personal stories, Bridging Barriers tells of the trials, tribulations and successes of the engineers and community members who gave new hope to La Garrucha.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645381419
Publisher: Orange Hat Publishing
Publication date: 06/24/2020
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 372,221
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Michael Paddock grew up in northern Minnesota and attended Michigan Technological University, receiving bachelors degrees in civil engineering and surveying. He is a licensed professional engineer and surveyor whose professional career at CH2M Hill was spent managing teams of over 100 engineers designing infrastructure projects exceeding $1 billion, and he was the youngest-ever recipient of Wisconsin's "Engineer of the Year" award.

After a near-death cancer experience, he was motivated to begin a pro bono engineering career that has delivered over 100 projects with Engineers Without Borders USA, Rotary International, and other nonprofits on five continents over the last 20 years. He currently lives in southeast Wisconsin with his wife Cathy.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS



Foreword

Bernard Amadei, Founder of Engineers Without Borders USA............11

Cathy Leslie, Executive Director of Engineers Without Borders USA...13

Chapter One:

Introduction.........................................................................................15

Chapter Two:

The Land and its People.......................................................................29

Chapter Three:

The Troubled History of the Mayan People..........................................41

Chapter Four:

The Importance of a Solicitation...........................................................59

Chapter Five:

The Students’ Bridge Design.................................................................81

Chapter Six:

The Construction Begins with a Surprise............................................101

Chapter Seven:

Hurricane Stan Disaster Response.....................................................118

Chapter Eight:

How to Pay for a Bridge......................................................................132

Chapter Nine:

The Bridge Construction.....................................................................143

Chapter Ten:

The Landcruiser..................................................................................168

Chapter Eleven:

The Request for Water – Water is Life................................................174

Chapter Twelve:

Designing and Funding the Water Project.........................................184

Chapter Thirteen:

Setting Up a Water Utility.................................................................206

Chapter Fourteen:

Building the Water System.................................................................217

Chapter Fifteen:

Water Utility Post Construction Coaching.........................................233

Chapter Sixteen:

Encouraging Community Leadership................................................249

Chapter Seventeen:

Don Mike’s Report Card after Ten Years............................................264

Epilogue......................................................................................................281

Acknowledgments....................................................................................286

About the Author.....................................................................................289

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