Sassy Coffee, Part 1

Jen and I travelled to a community called “Coyolate” to meet with my church (Coastal Christian) Missions team.

yea! we made it!
We did not know exactly where to find Coyolate so we were happy to see this sign!

Coastal Christian  partnered with an organization called Mission Impact, working specifically with Gerber and Michelle Perez (who are missionaries supported by my church). Gerber and Michelle have a program called “Healthy Communities.” Healthy Communities partners with local leaders, churches, schools, and other organizations to empower and equip people to be able to solve their own problems. Their mission aligns with Hydromissions in the way that we both work to share the love of Christ while training and equipping people with appropriate technology.


I met Gerber back in 2008 and have learned a lot from his projects over the years. Technically, we work with different solutions for contaminated water – Gerber with biosand filters, while I primarily drill and build catchment systems- but it is the way he works in communities that has shaped how I work in my project communities.

Pouring the cement into the water filter forms
Pouring the cement into the water filter forms with Gerber

My church sends a Mission team down once a year to work with Healthy Communities. I went with my church team back in 2013 (for their first time in Coyolate) and my travel schedule aligned perfectly this year for me (and Jen!) to help them after our time in El Salvador.  Coastal Christian had 14 teamembers: Jim, Kathy & Jessica Rycek (our awesome team leaders and their fun uke-playing daughter), Deborah (our artist who created a masterpiece in the classroom), Bruce (the man behind the new preschool), Theresa & Gabby (mom and daughter team who worked exceptionally well with the kids and brought smiles to everyones faces), Jim (our master of all trades), Jacob & Chloe (father daughter team who brought the most laughter and fun to our group), Matt & Jesse (father son team who brought us some campsite rap and scored the only gringo goal in the soccer game), Paul (our hardest worker and our encyclopedia) and Laida (our ice cream connoisseur and all-around fun worker). Jen and I added some talent to the mix – her rad beatboxing and my…uh… wait, what talent did I add to the group? I’m pretty good at mixing concrete while making sound effects and standing on one leg. That is one highly marketable talent right there 😉

Coastal Christian in Coyolate 2013 and 2015 (I didnt make it with the team in 2014)
Coastal Christian in Coyolate 2013 and 2015 (I didnt make it with the team in 2014)

For this particular work week, we had four primary tasks- (1) Build Biosand Filters, (2) Build Fuel-Efficient Stoves, (3) Paint murals on the new preschool and (4) Teach English classes to the kids in the local public school.

The water filters are built alongside locally trained water technicians. The biosand filters are built with members of the family who will be receiving the stoves.

Jen sifting sand that we use in our concrete mixture for the water filters and fuel efficient stoves
Jen sifting sand that we use in our concrete mixture for the water filters and fuel efficient stoves
Stoves
Stove forms with the family members who will be receiving them
a water filter after we took the forms off
a water filter after we took the forms off

Coyolate has access to water, but it comes from a contaminated source so the biosand filters in each home clean the water for safe consumption. The stoves are designed to use less wood and vent the smoke so there is less time used to collect firewood AND the families don’t have to breath the smoke whenever cooking is being done.

I worked primarily with the water filters while Jen moved between painting and teaching the school kids.

Jen playing a vocab game she developed to help the kids learn english words
Jen playing a vocab game she developed to help the kids learn english words
Kids in Coyolate playing Sharks and Minnows
Kids in Coyolate playing Sharks and Minnows
Jen, Gabby, Thersa & Chloe with the school kids they worked with in Coyolate
Jen, Gabby, Thersa & Chloe with the school kids they worked with in Coyolate
What? You wanted a candid shot? This is candid.
What? You wanted a candid shot? This is candid.
A post from Kathy shows me being candid and not posed at all, once again.
A post from Kathy shows me being candid and not posed at all, once again.

There is too much about Coyolate for just one post, so I will be sharing again about it soon!

P.S. The story behind the title…

Before leaving for our trip, our church gathered the team onstage and prayed during church service. Pastor Matt was joking about the english translastion for the community name “Coyolate” based on the way it sounded when he pronounced it, Pastor Matt jokingly called it “Coy Latte” which obviously means Sassy Coffee in English 😉

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3 thoughts on “Sassy Coffee, Part 1

  1. yeah….I was reading the whole post waiting to know how the coffee got sassy. haahaa. great title. love the “level head” photo

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