At the US Embassy

Hello, Everyone!  Apologies that it’s been a while since I last connected; it’s been a bit busy with lots of work, travel, and many other “life” things going on.  But, I’ll do my best to be more consistent here in the coming weeks, especially with some of the up-coming project location visits we’re planning in April… I hope this finds everyone is doing well!

One of the more interesting things that I get to do here in La Paz are the conversations I have and potential work with the US State Department.  It was recommended that we connect with the Embassy in Bolivia to: 1) let them know Pidola is working in the country, and 2) determine how they can best support our efforts & activities.  I visited the “embajada” (embassy in Spanish) on Wednesday, and wow, the building is built like a fortress!  I wasn’t allowed to take pictures inside, hence just the outside photos.

It’s always nice to get other opinions with happenings here in Bolivia, both from the nationals’ and expats’ perspectives.  Plus, we established some action items from the visit, as well as some other general non-Embassy updates:

  • Get Pidola involved with the American Chamber of Commerce here in Bolivia to increase our exposure for possible project and funding opportunities
  • Continue to plan on our site visits to Villa Tunari and scope out those individual projects. This is a on-going process from our visits back in December
  • Application to a non-profit accelerator (Global Giving) to increase Pidola’s exposure to new donor and sponsor opportunities
  • Fundraise, fundraise, fundraise!!

I’ll keep everyone posted with our progress here in the coming weeks, especially with our next round of site visits!