¡Hola! It’s been a great day in Revolución, with lots of work and relationship-building.
Our full day of work has been filled with three areas of concentration. The first is the actual installation of the system. The tech team (Tom Pierson—our tech leader, Bev Crain, Nancy Fouser, Kevin Patsey, Paul Pinkston, and Jerry Sevier) solved a few electrical problems and installed drain lines. This short description doesn’t begin to describe the work they did of organizing materials, drilling through walls, running wire, gluing PVC pipe, and starting to link the primary components of the system.
About 25 yards away, the church building was the site of the health education program, the second focus of today’s work. In the morning the education team (Bev Crain, Tammy Hutcherson, Linder Jaeckels, and Sandy Williams) worked with the adults in the pueblo who will be teaching children and other adults about the prevalence of pathogens and the importance of clean water. After school, the newly trained teachers used the Bible stories, crafts and activities they’d just learned to teach the children who came from all over town. By the end of the week our partners here will have many tools they can use in educating others and bringing their village to a healthier way of everyday living.
One of the most important parts of our work here is teaching the local team who will be operating the system, the third area of concentration for today. This includes involving them in the actual construction so they will know the system inside and out. It also means helping them to understand what the system is supposed to do—both eliminate pathogens and get rid of hardness in the water. It’s the hardness that requires the systems in the Yucatan Peninsula to need a reverse osmosis component. Paul Pinkston spent a good portion of the day working with the team of future operators: Fernando, Zoila, Juan and Luis—three men and one woman.
Michele Pinkston, our team leader, kept all of us organized and continued to build relationships with both adults and children.
We headed back to Champotón at the end of the day ready for a break but also ready to start again tomorrow morning. I’m already looking forward to seeing and working with our new friends on a new day.
Blessings to you this evening.
©Melissa Bane Sevier, 2008