May 19, 2010

Lafayette Students Featured in Two Segments on WFMZ’s Edicion en Espanol


Richard Durham '11, Luke Calvano '12, and Anuradha Ghai, lecturer in economics, work with a villager in the coffee fields.

Students provide commentary in Spanish on their economic and environmental work in Honduras

Students involved with Lafayette’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and the Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project (EEGLP) were interviewed for two segments on WFMZ’s Edicion en Espanol appearing 11 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 20.

Civil engineering majors Joaquin Indacochea Beltran ’11 (Arequipa, Peru) and Lori Gonzalez ’10 (Bronx, N.Y.); and Richard Durham ’11 (Braintree, Mass.), a double major in economics & business and Spanish, spoke in Spanish about their work in Honduras. Gladstone Fluney Hutchinson, associate professor of economics, provided an overview of the EWB and EEGLP projects in English.

Since 2003, EWB has been implementing water filtration and distribution systems in El Convento, Lagunitas, and La Fortuna–rural Honduran villages without any modern amenities. For the past two years, EEGLP has helped the villagers of Lagunitas plant more than 30,000 coffee plants in an effort to reinvent the local economy as a coffee plantation. The next part of the plan is to work with the villagers of El Convento to start up bee, cocoa, fish, plantain, and sugar cane farms.

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