Leaving a community doesn’t get easier the more often you do it… … More “We will remember you…when we use our toilets”
A 4 year-long wait is finally over for this small, 250-person community… … More Open the Faucets!
Leave it to me to get into a mess like this… … More A Day in the Life…
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
The Preschool Project: I wasn’t involved with the earlier stages of the preschool development story so I am sharing the history of the preschool from info gathered via Kathy, Jim, Bruce and Michelle. I decided to devote an entire post to the story because I did get to be present for the ceremony and see … More Sassy Coffee, Part 2
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!
Since 2008, I have been passionate about serving in undeveloped villages full-time, but jumping in right after my first trip to Guatemala would have been premature. I have always loved helping people and have been involved with community service in the States, but it was in Guatemala that I became aware of the many people … More Already started packing!
Before I get a bunch of comments about how the saying really goes (especially from all of you who know how I usually butcher sayings), let me explain. During the process of building the water filters and the fuel-efficient stoves, we needed to clean and oil the forms every morning. It was an extremely important … More We’re cooking with oil now!
The school we have been sleeping at for the past two evenings is at an elevation of (approx) 6000′. Combining that with rainy season and you have cold, damp nights. Even though I know we’ll be sweating down in Coyolate (sea level, 100% humidity, HOT), I am anxious to get back to the warmer weather. … More Heading down!
I am not sure how this panoramic photo will show up in this post, but I just wanted the share the view from the roof this morning. Today is a “rest day” here in Guatemala and then we will hear down to Coyolate tomorrow morning to start work.