Three fabulous volunteers showed up in Panama! Choppy water, slippery logs, mangrove mud and “that cacao drink” were all part of their experiences … More Three Volunteers (and TWO video clips!)
How do we get a community to embrace a borehole well? We need one family to be willing to try… … More Simon’s Great Idea!
Remember how we were slowly chipping away at the rocks in Butenga? Our daily routine looked like this: Drill, get stuck on a rock, hand-dig out the rocks, shovel them into a bucket to be dumped outside of the pit. Find softer soil, drop the drill into the pit (thinking that perhaps we had passed … More Plan “B”
4 (or 5) countries in 2 months. Lots of projects ahead of me! … More My Next 4 (0r 5) Countries
A 4 year-long wait is finally over for this small, 250-person community… … More Open the Faucets!
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)
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
February 7th 2009, I boarded a plane for Guatemala and a two-month project that changed the direction of my career from that point forward. I had found my place as an engineer. My first blog – yippeekiyay – documented those months and my first water/sanitation project abroad in San Antonio. I had returned, briefly, to … More Then and Now