Instead, I wanted to just share quirky, silly bits about my projects here in Panama. Maybe share how I have been emotionally defeated by a table saw (I’ve tried to work with it- multiple times- but it scares me so I use other tools to avoid it!) or how it is so hot that my … More I didn’t want to write about Nepal…
I washed my hair last night, which is a difficult task! I did that because today is special. Today is the day everyone goes down to town to vote. We all got up early, men shined their shoes and women washed their feet off. Babies were either brought along or left with older siblings. The … More Rock the vote! (El Salvador edition)
On Sunday evenings, before church, women in the community fry pasteles over an open fire in an area behind the church and sell them. They are corn tortillas stuffed with potatoes and I have become very attached to getting them every Sunday night. It costs a quarter for 6. This past Sunday evening, the ladies got … More The Dinner Snatcher
The work is progressing slowly this week but we should still be finished by Friday. It takes a long time to position and support the pipe because we are working on steep slopes. We have supported about 80% of the pipe and should be finished with the pipe tomorrow. I literally hold small tree trunks to … More She’ll be sliding down the mountain when she comes!
Message from Caitlin: “The borehole for the new well at the orphanage reached a dept of 65 ft then collapsed. It took the strength of 7 men but thankfully we were able to pull the drill and 60 feet of extenders out of the collapsed borehole. We decided to refocus our efforts to the old … More Collapsed Borehole and a Sick Day
The training day in Lexington, South Carolina went really well! Getting to spend the weekend with Radius (the organization Hydromissions has partnered with) and hearing why the training day “students” we’re interested in getting involved was really encouraging. Everyone has different backgrounds and talents but all are coming together to serve the common goal of … More Everyone LOVES playing with fire
I am sitting in the Philadelphia Airport right now waiting to head to NC for a week long training course at Equip! I am going to take a class called Community Health Evangelism (CHE). CHE is a model where trainers teach community leaders (in third-world villages) how they can address their physical, social and spiritual … More My bags are packed, I’m ready to go!
The guys we worked with were great! Our days were long (10-12 hours) and the work was extremely difficult but they kept it fun and joyful
Our transportation was pretty fun – we bounced around in the bed of a large truck – sometimes jumping up and down on purpose, sometimes just being thrown up and down by the terrain 🙂
We needed to make gaskets for the rope pump so we used a 1/2 inch pipe (with sharped edges) to punch out small rubber “gaskets.” It was tedious (and painful) work but we took turns and cut out over 100 gaskets for the pump.