Hello Everyone! I have been home for a week now and it has been great. I am clean, rested, stuffed with yummy food and already packing for the next trip! I leave early tomorrow morning for the second phase of the Haiti Goat project. We will be providing more goats to the students in Marbial … More Walk the project with me!
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.
I glued the last pipe yesterday afternoon! The project is unofficially complete! It will be official tomorrow during the ceremony with the community. I am taking the day off to hike up an adjacent (small) mountain where we should be able to see the ocean and Guatemala at the peak. The guys didn’t want me … More Not Forgotten
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!
We came down to Tacuba today for additional material to finish the tank roof and final piping. It has not been an easy few days, but our team is pressing on 🙂 Yesterday, we placed the lower tank liner after spending a lot of time making sure the lower tank was ready. After filling it … More Press On
The project is going well, but progress has been slow this week. I am back in the little shop in Tacuba for an hour of wonderful internet time (36 minutes to go!). We came down early this morning to get some more material for the project. I can´t really describe how hard it is to … More Goldfish Crackers are the BEST!
I am sitting in a small hot shop in Tacuba typing on a computer keyboard with the letters handwritten on the keys and Spanish symbols in place of the ones I am used to using on my keyboard at home. All of that to say, there will most likely be typos in here, but this … More Bigger is Better.
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?