What have I been doing?!

Six weeks have gone by since my last post, but since I am still Stateside for recovery, there isn’t too much that seems exciting enough to post 😉

I’ve decided to just share a small variety of photos showing what I have been up too lately –

I have a photo display currently showing at Bogarts Bookstore in Millville, NJ until the end of August.  Proceeds from my photo sales go to projects abroad.  I will be at Bogarts on Friday night to share stories of where the photos were taken during Millville’s Third Friday event.

Bogarts Bookstore Photo Display
Bogarts Bookstore Photo Display

This photo is from the early stages of my physical therapy – a method called Russian Stimulation.  Electrical impulses were used to contract my quad muscle. Basically, the impulses were increased until my muscle contracted without me engaging it myself (can you all say “ouch!” with me?). It is called “rehabilitation” …or, as I like to call it “torture by electrocution.” 😉

Russian Stimulation
Russian Stimulation

A couple weeks after my surgery, Schmitty had surgery on his legs and we spent a week recovering together.

Healing with Schmitty
Healing with Schmitty

I donated 11″ of my hair to Locks of Love. I am still in a bit of shock since I got used to my long hair, but it will grow back 😉

Locks of Love Hair Donation
Locks of Love Hair Donation

I am re-visiting the concept of Humanure as I research different composting latrine solutions for my upcoming project (departing Sept 15th) in Panama.

Humanure Handbook
Humanure Handbook

Steve and Raul returned from Haiti about three and a half weeks ago. They were able to reach water in two borehole locations.  I was so excited to organize this project because they were working with a young man, Samy, that Steve, Dominic and I trained back in 2011.  Samy requested some additional training for some of the more difficult aspects of drilling such as casing the borehole and building a pump. Below is a photo of one of the finished boreholes.

Well in Haiti!
Well in Haiti!

In addition to organizing the July project to Haiti, I am managing a project for East Africa coming up at the end of this month. Two associates, Jennifer and Don, and one trainee, Will, are heading to Tanzania to drill and train communities. I am preparing a design for rain catchment in Indonesia at the end of October and finalizing details for my upcoming project to Panama in mid-September. There are a lot more to my tasks for Hydromissions, but listing them will just be dull 😉

This concludes my little 6-week update. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

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