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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.

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All proceeds from book sales will go to

Engineers Without Borders Guatemala

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

- Kirkus Reviews

“This book should come with a warning: reading this book will change your personal and professional life for the better whether you are a professional engineer, an engineer in training, an engineering student, or not even an engineer.”

-Dr. Bernard Amadei, Founder of Engineers Without Borders USA

“Mike Paddock’s engrossing story is a first-hand, on-the-ground lesson in how communities can take charge of their futures against long odds and many obstacles. It’s a must read for engineering students who want to make their lives matter, or for service organizations and philanthropists who want their money to make a difference.”

-John DeDakis, Journalist, Novelist, Writing Coach, and Former Senior Copy Editor for CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer



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