I returned safe and sound from Barbuda and now I’m off to Haiti! … More Home and Away Again
4 (or 5) countries in 2 months. Lots of projects ahead of me! … More My Next 4 (0r 5) Countries
Each Hydromissions project is unique because we work in many countries, most of which have different climates, languages and cultures within themselves. … More Panama Projects
One of the first projects in Panama was to check out a new community called Dejada for a potential rain catchment system. Dejada was described as being near another community that I thought was called “Charcoal.” It sounded like “Charcoal” or “Sharcoal,” but it was neither. It was called “Shark Hole.” I am not joking- I felt a … More 5 Awesome Volunteers!
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
This was a week of goodbyes and hellos. -I said goodbye to Somerdale and hello to Vineland as I moved the last of my belonging to my dad’s house. -I said goodbye to my co-workers and tomorrow I will be saying hello to the Spanish Language Institute in Costa Rica for 7-weeks of intensive study. … More Hasta luego!
How many of you were wondering what became of my giant parka? That long, cozy piece of apparel that makes me look (and feel) like I am walking in a sleeping bag. Remember? (see post from Feb 2nd to find out how I ended up on my way to Haiti with a Parka) Well, I … More Sunbathing in a Parka?
The drilling project application for Marbial, Haiti was originally denied by Hydromissions because of the rocky soil conditions of the small mountain village. Among drillers who have worked in Haiti, the country is referred to as a “giant rock.” And a “giant rock” is not a good match for our manual drilling equipment (EXP-50). Hydromissions … More Ahhhh…BOOM!
I am a little concerned about getting caught up on rocks as we drill in the mountain village of Marbial. This is a percussion drill bit the students at Rowan University designed to help me beat up those rocks! Thank you Rowan University Engineers & Innovators without Borders!
Happy New Year Everyone! I really appreciate all who check out my blog and post comments. I hope you all have a snazzy 2013! The plans are still somewhat tentative but it looks like I will be spending the first 3 weeks of February in Haiti. What better way to bring in a new year … More Haiti, here I come!