I do the same thing every time I am transitioning between projects. I procrastinate writing a blog post until I am at the airport or on the plane, en route to my next project community. I’m glad that technology is available that allows me to access wifi while FLYING (so cool!), but what a contrast … More PAAAnaMAA!
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
It has been nearly a week since I left Panama. It was a long and difficult project, but the outcome was good. A well was drilled on Isla Tigre, a toilet installed for Simon, a pump repaired for Viviana’s community well and the 2,400′ pipeline bringing water to the school and mangrove houses was … More Panama Mud
*to make it easier to share this update, I am going to call the community leader “John.” I had originally written it with “community leader” throughout, but it seemed difficult to read it that way. The next morning (Wednesday), I started packing my tools at daybreak to head back to the village. I was still letting … More 9:00am (Part 2)
On Tuesday, November 10th, at 9:00am, I had scheduled my blog update to post on my website. It was a positive post with a mention of the “Gift a Goat & More!” fundraiser and an update about the water pipeline. I had written the blog update the night prior and scheduled it to post while … More 9:00am (Part 1)
The fundraiser and current project in Panama are both going really well! … More Progress in the field and on the fundraiser!
Simon (pictured in red shirt), Raul & Chuck drilled a new well on Isla Tigre! Simon, who I trained 6-months ago, has drilled 3 other wells previously on Isla Tigre. This new well will serve a cluster of 3 homes (about 15 people), however each home can have additional relatives staying for long periods at … More Isla Tigre has a new well!
Digging the trench is going slowly, but little by little, we are making progress! In order to maintain community involvement, we work when the community members are able to work with us. Last weekend, I worked with 3 guys on Saturday and 1 guy on Sunday. Even though it is hard work, if I can get at … More Poco a Poco (little by little)
It has been two weeks since I arrived in Bastimentos, Panama and it has been packed full of good (muddy) work. I always feel a little anxious when I am working here with the Ngobe villages. Their culture is so much different then the communities I work with in Haiti, El Salvador and Guatemala. It’s … More Helping Hands
At 2:30am on Tuesday morning, before my flight out to Panama, I launched my most ambitious crowd-funding campaign to date. I crowd-fund once a year to help me reach goals for certain projects that I cannot financially support with my own funding. I was really nervous about setting a goal of $20,000 for this … More Gift a Goat and More!