A 4 year-long wait is finally over for this small, 250-person community… … More Open the Faucets!
I bet if I looked back at all my blog posts, a high percentage would start out with some variation of “sorry it has taken me so long to write…” 🙂 I did not intend to be Stateside so long after the holidays, but our project to Haiti, originally slated for January, was postponed to … More I should be in Haiti right now, but I’m in chilly NJ!
It has been nearly a week since I left Panama. It was a long and difficult project, but the outcome was good. A well was drilled on Isla Tigre, a toilet installed for Simon, a pump repaired for Viviana’s community well and the 2,400′ pipeline bringing water to the school and mangrove houses was … More Panama Mud
The fundraiser and current project in Panama are both going really well! … More Progress in the field and on the fundraiser!
Simon (pictured in red shirt), Raul & Chuck drilled a new well on Isla Tigre! Simon, who I trained 6-months ago, has drilled 3 other wells previously on Isla Tigre. This new well will serve a cluster of 3 homes (about 15 people), however each home can have additional relatives staying for long periods at … More Isla Tigre has a new well!
…but Parrots instead! Panama – where the seasons are “wet” and “wetter.” 😉 My first couple weeks here have been busy, sometimes hectic, most always muddy and GREAT! When I arrived, there was a team here at the Wood’s house from Washington State. They were having medical/dental clinics, building rain-catchment systems and drilling wells (with … More It doesn’t rain “cats and dogs” here…
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
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 second week of school is finally over and I am looking forward to staying local and studying this weekend. Traveling to El Salvador last weekend was exhausting and I found it difficult to keep up in class the first couple days after I returned. I am hoping to catch up on studies and rest … More Have you ever seen a Goaeep?