June 23, 2015

Bolivian AEIF Team Celebrates World Environment Day


Young volunteers participate in an activity organized by the Bolivian AEIF winners. Young volunteers participate in an activity organized by the Bolivian AEIF winners. Photo Credit, U.S. Embassy La Paz
In honor of World Environment Day, June 5, the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia Public Affairs organized a celebration to promote the Bolivian winning team of this year’s Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) competition. The team’s project, “Guardians of the Source,” focuses on environmental protection and climate change. 
Charge d'Affaires Peter Brennan hosted a dinner and congratulated the team for their commitment to educating their communities on environmental issues. The AEIF team facilitated a seed planting volunteer activity for the high school and university student participants that will be used as part of the project.  
The goal of the project is to raise awareness about the probable water shortages in the near future due to climate change, global warming, the disappearance of glaciers and other water reservoirs. The alumni team will train 50 public and private school students and other community members living along the polluted river of Choqeyapu how to create a model for public participation to ensure the sustainable supply of water, with a combination of scientific knowledge and ancestral practices of purification and water conservation.  
In just one month since the winners were announced, Guardians of the Source received a great deal of media attention which caught the interest of the La Paz municipality and other institutions requesting to be part of the project.  
Congratulations and good luck to the Bolivian IVLP, SUSI, Fulbright, and Youth Ambassadors alumni as they continue to implement their project!