I bet if I looked back at all my blog posts, a high percentage would start out with some variation of “sorry it has taken me so long to write…” 🙂 I did not intend to be Stateside so long after the holidays, but our project to Haiti, originally slated for January, was postponed to … More I should be in Haiti right now, but I’m in chilly NJ!
I am so excited to announce that WE REACHED OUR FUNDING GOAL for the “Gift a Goat & More” campaign! Thank you all for supporting and sharing the fundraiser with your friends and family! As I am preparing for my 2016 projects, I realized that I almost forgot to highlight what we have accomplished together in … More 2015 Review
Hello Everyone! I am finally back online (in Guatemala!). Thanks to Melissa for posting the previous two updates from my satellite messenger messages (which is usually truncated messages and can be a bit of a pain to put together). I know it is not much fun reading a post without photos so now that I … More Photos from El Salvador! (a catchy title, right?)
We crossed the border into Guatemala successfully! We were sort of prepared for some minor hassling that you would expect at a border crossing, but ours was smooth. We walked over from El Salvador to Guatemala which really just means we took a truck to the El Salvador Frontier, got the stamps we needed … More Back to where it all began!
All is well in La Cumbre, El Salvador. We have enjoyed spending time with the community. I checked the water tanks and pipes and the system is functioning but they are in the middle of a little drought and the water is coming out of the spring very slowly. Jen taught the kids a fun game … More Where there is coffee, there is life!
Hello Everyone! I have been home for a week now and it has been great. I am clean, rested, stuffed with yummy food and already packing for the next trip! I leave early tomorrow morning for the second phase of the Haiti Goat project. We will be providing more goats to the students in Marbial … More Walk the project with me!
I am home! I have many photos and videos from my 7-week project in the mountains of El Salvador, so I am sharing a small sample so you can see the finished project and a couple cute videos that show the results of my hygiene and english classes in La Cumbre.
I glued the last pipe yesterday afternoon! The project is unofficially complete! It will be official tomorrow during the ceremony with the community. I am taking the day off to hike up an adjacent (small) mountain where we should be able to see the ocean and Guatemala at the peak. The guys didn’t want me … More Not Forgotten
I washed my hair last night, which is a difficult task! I did that because today is special. Today is the day everyone goes down to town to vote. We all got up early, men shined their shoes and women washed their feet off. Babies were either brought along or left with older siblings. The … More Rock the vote! (El Salvador edition)
On Sunday evenings, before church, women in the community fry pasteles over an open fire in an area behind the church and sell them. They are corn tortillas stuffed with potatoes and I have become very attached to getting them every Sunday night. It costs a quarter for 6. This past Sunday evening, the ladies got … More The Dinner Snatcher