Paul Leidig and Dave Heinrich (pictured) recently attended EWB-USA's annual conference to learn the latest updates from HQ and meet other EWB members from around the world.
This August, the EWB-RMP team volunteered a third straight year for an aid station at the Boulder 70.3 Half Ironman. This was the team's first year staffing a run aid station, and we really enjoyed cheering on all of the athletes. The hula skirts and tutus were a fun addition. We even received thank you wristbands from over 20 triathletes. Our group was a bit smaller this year than it has been in the past, so if you're interested in helping out next year or for other events please join us!
RMP's second Discussion Group gathered to watch and discuss the 1983 documentary "When the Mountains Tremble." The documentary follows the turmoil and violence in Guatemala in the 1980s and increased our understanding of the historical and cultural context in which our chapter's project is taking place. We will later watch the follow-up film to this one, "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator."
If you weren't able to join us for the movie screening, you can watch it at home on YouTube.
On June 24, 2017, communities around the world shared a dance work set in a locale that is close to water and that best enables them to highlight a specified local water issue. RMP was invited to participate in Boulder's Global Water Dances this year, along with Maji Safi Group.
This year our charity partner relay teams in the Colfax Marathon raised over $500 for EWB. Several chapter members participated in the race, including Arista Shippy, who participated on the marathon relay team pictured.
On June 6th, we met at the Boulder Public Library - George Reynolds Branch to discuss the book Bitter Fruit by Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer. This book chronicles the background, events, and consequences of the CIA-orchestrated plot to overthrow democratically elected Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz at the request of the United Fruit Company in 1954. This coup set off a chain of events including the Guatemalan genocide of the 1980s, and shaped how the USA is viewed in Latin America to this day. We discussed the similarities between the events of this novel and modern events as well as actions of the CIA in other Latin American countries. We also discussed how it relates to our own experiences working in Guatemala.
The Implementation Trip was a success! Read the details here.
Thanks to our wonderful donors, RMP has won an extra $1,000 from EWB-USA for receiving the greatest number of individual donations during a week of the year-end campaign for a second year in a row.
RMP held it's first Garden Gala for Guatemala fundraiser this October. It was a well attended get-together for folks in the community to see how their local chapter of EWB is helping provide water to a special village in Guatemala. We provided food, drinks and information about the project. Participants enjoyed a diverse raffle, booze pull, photo booth and an opportunity to learn about how they could help another person get water. We were able to earn about $2000 for RMP through this event! It was a fun afternoon and a great way to make a difference!
RMP has been working hard the last few months designing a water system for a community in rural Guatemala. Water is something that we take for granted here in the US and is a great need in a lot of places.
Join us for a casual backyard party to raise money for EWB-RMP’s Guatemalan water project!
When you breakdown the numbers, it costs $20 to provide one person water. $20! We are asking for folks to come and give one person access to water. In return, you get food, beer and a fun afternoon.
We will have information about the community, slide shows about our recent trips, folks to tell you how you can get involved, silent auction, a booze pull and more. The location is: 270 S. 39th Street, Boulder.
If a $20 suggested donation isn't in your budget right now. Thats ok! Please come learn about our cause and support in any way you can. Bring a friend or many friends! All ages are welcome.
If you want to see more about our Guatemala Project, check out website here: http://www.ewb-rmp.org/news/2016/4/26/guatemala-assessment-trip-recap
The RMP team has made it back from Guatemala safe and sound after our community aqueduct assessment trip. Learn more about the recent trip here!