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We were looking for potential community projects we could help with, so that we can leave a footprint here and give back to the community that we’ll call home for the next few years.

Dulani Heenetigala, lead cost engineer.

Bettering Lives

Colleagues at the Wheatstone LNG project’s module yard in Malaysia joined with other volunteers from a subcontractor and its customer Chevron to raise funds for—and build—a hydrotherapy pool at a local center for the physically disabled.

Persatuan Kebajikan Orang Cacat Manjung, a community-based rehabilitation center, provides free physiotherapy, skills training, and recreation for more than a thousand people with disabilities, of all ages, in Lumut, home to the module yard.

“We were looking for potential community projects we could help with, so that we can leave a footprint here and give back to the community that we’ll call home for the next few years,” says Dulani Heenetigala, lead cost engineer.

“We visited many orphanages and a school for the disabled. Then the spouse of a Bechtel colleague who volunteers at the center told us that they needed new computers. When we visited, we learned that they had plans to build a hydrotherapy pool but lacked the funds,” she says. The tiled pool will cost about US$45,000.

So far, more than 50 volunteers have organized and staffed events to raise funds. Their efforts have included the sale of breakfasts, chocolate gift sets for Mother’s Day, and window stickers for cars that include a logo promoting the project. They also hosted a charity dinner that raised about $10,000 UPDATE, supplemented by contributions from the project, from Bechtel Group Foundation, the other participating companies, and community organizations.

Meanwhile, volunteers stepped up to prepare the engineering design and cost estimates. Beginning in August, volunteers will help build the pool with the help of paid subcontractors as needed. The pool will be completed later this year.

In addition, Engineers Without Borders Malaysia will donate four computers, which will be used to help improve patients’ motor skills and assist with their education.

EWB is one of Bechtel’s four Signature Stewardship programs.