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
Here is the second update about my recent trip to Haiti: One of my desires is to bring trainers into communities to teach valuable development lessons in areas outside of my field, such as animal health and agriculture. I brought Helene (my sister) to see if it was possible to start a pilot training program … More Open wide little piggy!
Language Blunder #954: “Fruits de mar” has nothing at all to do with fruit in Haiti- it means seafood. Helene and I almost ordered some sort of mango seafood dish thinking it was just a mango fruit cup. Oops! We returned home just after midnight from a successful and exhausting trip into the mountains of … More Fruits de mar
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!
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 will be picking up my Hydromissions teammates in about twenty minutes and heading off the grid for the drilling project in the mountains! Keep up the prayers! You’ll hear from me again on the 18th or 19th of Feb!
Hard work and long nights paid off! We presented to a group tonight that consisted of Grace staff, village leaders and a representative from the Mayor’s office. After we presented the master plan, the Mayor’s representative stood up and commended us for putting together a residential site where Haitians would be comfortable. He said that … More One down, one to go!
Who would have thought that nearly every conversation my teammates and I have had during these past couple days, would be about toilet design? I am not just talking about a passing comment – no, we’ve spent hours trying to figure out the waste water design for the Lambi 2 Project we are working on…hours! … More Is your toilet sexy?