Closing off my three months in Panama is sad, but I am looking forward to going home to see my family … More Last Week in Panama
We went to Isla Tigre, where most of Simon’s family lives. Tigers? No, but we did spot a little orange kitten … More Tiger Island
Each Hydromissions project is unique because we work in many countries, most of which have different climates, languages and cultures within themselves. … More Panama Projects
*to make it easier to share this update, I am going to call the community leader “John.” I had originally written it with “community leader” throughout, but it seemed difficult to read it that way. The next morning (Wednesday), I started packing my tools at daybreak to head back to the village. I was still letting … More 9:00am (Part 2)
Digging the trench is going slowly, but little by little, we are making progress! In order to maintain community involvement, we work when the community members are able to work with us. Last weekend, I worked with 3 guys on Saturday and 1 guy on Sunday. Even though it is hard work, if I can get at … More Poco a Poco (little by little)
It has been two weeks since I arrived in Bastimentos, Panama and it has been packed full of good (muddy) work. I always feel a little anxious when I am working here with the Ngobe villages. Their culture is so much different then the communities I work with in Haiti, El Salvador and Guatemala. It’s … More Helping Hands
At 2:30am on Tuesday morning, before my flight out to Panama, I launched my most ambitious crowd-funding campaign to date. I crowd-fund once a year to help me reach goals for certain projects that I cannot financially support with my own funding. I was really nervous about setting a goal of $20,000 for this … More Gift a Goat and More!
February 7th 2009, I boarded a plane for Guatemala and a two-month project that changed the direction of my career from that point forward. I had found my place as an engineer. My first blog – yippeekiyay – documented those months and my first water/sanitation project abroad in San Antonio. I had returned, briefly, to … More Then and Now
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.