July 16, 2008
Technical journalism student shares his journey
Bijah Gibson, a sophomore and a presidential intern at Colorado State, is writing a blog while traveling with a group from CSU to Bangalore, India. The CSU travelers include two engineering students installing Envirofit cookstoves for Indian families.
The Envirofit stoves will improve the lives of Indian families by providing a safer, more efficient way of preparing meals, by reducing indoor air pollution and the amount of fuel used.
CSU spinoff launches clean cookstove project in India
Envirofit is a non-profit, engineering company that was first started at CSU. It has since grown into a multinational company that works to improve the lives of people in third world countries around the world. Envirofit continues to partner with CSU.
Blog entry July 14
The monkey god and new friends
Shortly after noon, the Envirofit driver, John Paul, came to take us to the Envirofit office. There we spent time looking at the new stove models and getting ideas for the best ways to film in the small space.
Visit to Hanuman Temple
Upon leaving the Envirofit office, John Paul took us to Hanuman Temple. The temple, which was actually a giant statue of Hanuman, the monkey god, was surrounded by devout followers and laughing school children. Before entering the temple, I took off my shoes, as is the custom.
School children fascinated by Americans, camera
Back on the street, a group of school children surrounded me and wanted me to show them my camera and take their picture. I took a snapshot and it fascinated them to see it on the camera screen moments later. I then spent some time talking with them about school and sports.
Local cuisine does not disappoint
We then asked John Paul if he knew of a good restaurant to grab a bite to eat. He assured us that he knew just the place and we arrived there 10 minutes later. Unwind Island was the name of the restaurant, and it did not disappoint.
As soon as we got back to the hotel, I went straight to bed to finish up my blog and sleep off the jet lag I'd been fighting all day. Until tomorrow . . . Namaste.
Continue following Gibson's travels by visiting his MyCSU blog at http://mycsu.colostate.edu/index.aspx.
Contact: Jayleen Heft
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