|Buenos Días Amigoes,
Our team is in La Esperanza, Honduras With Christ Church of Jasper holding medical clinics in Small remote mountain villares. In addition we are concentrating on the importance of clean water.
Our work has been eagerly embraced by the local women of the villages. We are following the procedure outlined by Guf & Greg and using the Sawyer filters. We make a big deal out of the education aspects and signing of the one year contract.
Michael introduces the concept as a joint project of AHMEN and the villages to improve the lives of the children and the overall health of the village. He then sk for Butterfly, our resident clown, to help demonstrate the importance with a very convincing humorous skit of getting sick drinking the village water, she the ask for help from Dr. Delmar, a Honduran doc on our team.
He then gives an interactive 5 min. Medical discussion on parasites, bacteria, etc and dirty water. Kyle, an E R nurse tells of his experience treating patients with diarrhea, dehydration, erc. Magan, a team member particularly adept at communication interacts with audience describing the patients we have seen in the past couple of villages with diarrhea .
Doris Brady then ties in the story of Jesus and the Living Water and the women of the village now able to continue Jesus's work by giving clean water to their children. Mario, who uses the filter in his own home, discusses the change in his own family's health and teaches how to assemble and maintain the Sawyer System.
We then ask the village for volunteers for a team to support the project. At this point the team moves into a separate area and they designate one woman who takes ultimate responsibility.
Doris then reads the contract in Spanish, each person signed the contract, beginning with the designated project leader and last by Michael Franklin, then an overseas from our partnering organization electric project.
A local environmental engineer woring with us has agreed to act as overall project director, Geraldo. We have already had several women ask for more filters. Our response is if they or their village raises $30 per filter, when we return next year we will bring them back.
We shall see how it works. We plan to return in one year to reassess the project, give the filter to the team leader, and see where the future lies with this. We plan to install a total of eleven filters doing our time here.
Wish us luck, keep us in your prayers,
Vaya con Dios,