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
One of the first projects in Panama was to check out a new community called Dejada for a potential rain catchment system. Dejada was described as being near another community that I thought was called “Charcoal.” It sounded like “Charcoal” or “Sharcoal,” but it was neither. It was called “Shark Hole.” I am not joking- I felt a … More 5 Awesome Volunteers!
I am so excited to announce that WE REACHED OUR FUNDING GOAL for the “Gift a Goat & More” campaign! Thank you all for supporting and sharing the fundraiser with your friends and family! As I am preparing for my 2016 projects, I realized that I almost forgot to highlight what we have accomplished together in … More 2015 Review
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!
Leaving a project community is always bittersweet. It is hard to jump between countries because I am always leaving family behind every time I get on a plane. Sometimes it is my biological family and sometimes it is the communities I have come to love as I live and work with them. I am especially attached to … More A New Drilling Team!
…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…
This is a current photo of Carlos & Victor using the well we drilled and installed back in March on Isla Bastimentos, Panama. This borehole well taps into a spring that flows year-round. It is so cool to see about half* the members of the community really using and benefitting from this source of safe … More My Favorite Photo!
Here is a 2 minute photo montage video from the last 5 months worth of projects. A quick synopsis: Costa Rica (spanish school) El Salvador (spring water source scout) Panama (well drilling, borehole) Haiti (latrine construction, livestock) Ecuador (hygiene, sanitation, water management community training) Ecuador (water purification installation)
We are rushing out, but here is a quick pic of the finished well & pump!
We got 1 point for breaking into a great source of water a couple days ago, but we couldn’t hold the lead long and Panama tied us by pouring rain last night/drizzle all day today that altered how we develop the well. Around 6pm, Panama took the lead with another point by releasing swarming termites … More Panama: 2; Water Team: 1