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!
All is well in La Cumbre, El Salvador. We have enjoyed spending time with the community. I checked the water tanks and pipes and the system is functioning but they are in the middle of a little drought and the water is coming out of the spring very slowly. Jen taught the kids a fun game … More Where there is coffee, there is life!
I am frequently asked the question, “How do you decide where to go?” Because I go to so many different countries over the course of a year, it might seem like I just hop around and show up in communities unannounced like a drill-rig-carrying-salesman. Although it would certainly make for a comedic documentary, I do not … More Who? What? Warnings? When? How?
You know how I am always busy prepping for a trip? Especially when I have less then a week between my previous trip and the new one? Well, that little window of time is my excuse for not letting you all know about Panama 🙂 I’m sitting on a plane at JFK airport in NY and … More Quickest Update Ever!
I am home! I have many photos and videos from my 7-week project in the mountains of El Salvador, so I am sharing a small sample so you can see the finished project and a couple cute videos that show the results of my hygiene and english classes in La Cumbre.
One bite at a time. I first heard that phrase at Equip International during my Appropriate Technology training. No matter how overwhelming something seems, just going step-by-step makes it manageable and possible. Ok, I know that is not a very tasteful analogy (pun intended!), but it is one that comes to my mind often on … More How do you eat an elephant?
The mountain community who received the training from Helene and Dana were surprised to learn that goats needed water daily. The community was really receptive to the training and interacted with many questions over the 4 days. In the end, they learned about basic goat care, first aid, breeding and milking. On the last day … More Goats don’t need water. Right?
I am heading back to Haiti with a small team (Helene, Dana & John) to launch Phase 1 of the “Gift a Goat” program! With your partnership in funding, we were able to raise enough money for 67 goats!!! We will not get all the goats during this first phase, but plan to start out … More 4 packs instead of just 1
After the storm cleared up, we went back to the site to assemble the piping between the septic tank and leach barrel. I told Jess and Pat it would take about 35 minutes to complete….nearly 4 hours later, we finally made it home. The mud was so sticky, thick and difficult to walk in that … More stuck…Stuck…STUCK!
A storm rolled in this morning that has kept us from working on the Latrine so far today…which gives me time for a quick update. We have been working on a little bit of everything for the past week. Hygiene education, latrine construction, Kinkajou home repair, drilling boreholes, pump repair and boat building. We spent … More “It will be here tomorrow…”