Dejada

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Our return trip to Dejada to build the rain catchment system.

Simon, Shirlene, Ellie and I returned to Dejada to build the rain catchment system about two weeks after our initial visit.

That two weeks was enough time for the community to build a platform for the water tank and cut posts to support the elevated pipe from the roof to the tank. It is really important to have the community involved in the project and so the men in Dejada did most of the construction with Simon leading them.

Dejada consists of 5 homes built over the water around a very small piece of land. This community of 38 people is not far from a large community called Shark Hole. Shark Hole is more developed with a piped water system (fed by a creek), birthing center, tiendas and a school. The meaning behind their name, Dejada, is left behind or left out. They feel as though “everyone” (government, NGOs, etc) help develop Shark Hole, but no one helps them. I have worked in other small communities, like to this one, that name themselves in a similar way.

My hope and prayer is that over time, as Simon visits, Dejada starts to change their perspective on their worth. I hope that they understand they are special in God’s eyes and they are His children – not a community left behind, but a community that is loved. Simon handed out a bible to each household afterwards and he plans to return to continue sharing Christ with the community.

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Ellie waiting in Simon’s cayuco.

We took Simon’s cayuco to Dejada this time. It is stable for a cayuco (some of them are so narrow!), but we had to be very careful to sit still and in the center because it isn’t as stable as a typical canoe. We went to Shark Hole after working in Dejada…with 5 people and tools in this cayuco. Oh, I forgot to mention – there was a hole in the bow. I still didn’t see any sharks though, but this was a time I was hoping to not see them. It would have been up close and personal for sure with this cayuco weighed down in the water 🙂

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I know the saying is “…when pigs fly” but what happens when pigs swim?
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Only one house had the right type of roof for rain catchment so we used a 1,200 tank for water storage.

Supplies for this project came from a partnership with the Healing Fund for Panama. A non-profit from Washington State that has been serving this region annually with medical, dental and water teams. It was a pleasure working with Aleph, Ron, Phil and the rest of the team from Washington in the past. They departed a few weeks before I arrived this year, but they left supplies that I am able to use to continue our similar work.

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Ellie was a great helper! She sat up on that hot tank installing the screen on the inlet holes.

Ellie was a great help for this project. I hoisted her up on top of the tank to install the screen and inlet pipe. She got quite the sunburn that day, but she was a champ!

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All of the homes in Dejada were constructed above the water. During high tide, there isn’t any land showing at all in this tiny community. The tank was positioned so cayucos could be used to retrieve water during high tide.
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A view leaving Dejada

Projects are continuing nicely. Simon and I drilled another well and have built some new pumps. I will be sharing more about those pumps in the next post.

Happy Thursday!!!

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3 thoughts on “Dejada

  1. So impressed, as usual, with your AMAZING work! Looking at those pictures makes me so thankful for what I have, It is so sad that they have been forgotten…and that others like you come to make life better. That is true LOVE and you are storing up treasures in heaven for your work. When the people read their Bibles, they will find that the first will be LAST and the last will be FIRST. Our God is faithful with his promises! Bless you courageous woman of God, prayers for health, safety and a strong mind are prayed over you. Thank you for keeping us updated.

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