A storm rolled in this morning that has kept us from working on the Latrine so far today…which gives me time for a quick update. We have been working on a little bit of everything for the past week. Hygiene education, latrine construction, Kinkajou home repair, drilling boreholes, pump repair and boat building. We spent … More “It will be here tomorrow…”
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 … More What have I been doing?!
Surgery went well! I can walk around now just fine for about thirty minutes at a time before I need a break. I am not super comfortable on stairs yet, but with PT a couple times a week, they should get easier soon. The projects I am managing for Hydromissions are going well. A rain … More Quick Update on Surgery & Projects
That’s how I feel when I am speaking in front of more than four people. Here is a video file of me sharing at last week’s Missions night at church. I only had a couple days notice so I was extra nervous (although I’ve never actually given a speech when I wasn’t nervous even when … More My tongue is too big for my mouth
Here is a 2 minute photo montage video from the last 5 months worth of projects. A quick synopsis: Costa Rica (spanish school) El Salvador (spring water source scout) Panama (well drilling, borehole) Haiti (latrine construction, livestock) Ecuador (hygiene, sanitation, water management community training) Ecuador (water purification installation)
We are rushing out, but here is a quick pic of the finished well & pump!
We got 1 point for breaking into a great source of water a couple days ago, but we couldn’t hold the lead long and Panama tied us by pouring rain last night/drizzle all day today that altered how we develop the well. Around 6pm, Panama took the lead with another point by releasing swarming termites … More Panama: 2; Water Team: 1
We spent the entire day trying to resolve our filter pack (the material that goes between the borehole wall and the PVC casing) dilemma. We spent the first half of the day breaking large rocks into pea-size rocks. Hours of hammering rocks resulted in only half a gallon of pea-size gravel. We wanted 10 gallons, … More Rocks vs Shells
We anticipated reaching water by (at most) 15′ based on existing information, but this is the driest this region has been (at least during the two years that our hosts have lived here) so we keep digging dry shale from the ground. We left the borehole at a depth of 31′ when we broke for … More 31′ and counting…
I slacked a bit when I first got home from Costa Rica so I didn’t actually finished my laundry from that trip until yesterday – just in time to pack for Panama! I am heading to Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro (see the red pinned location on the map above) to scout, test and drill … More Off to Panama!