It’s never easy to leave people you care about. Last night and today we made our goodbyes to people who have been our friends for the past week.
After a long day yesterday, the education team, having completed their work, spent the morning packing and exploring Champotón while the tech team made one more trip back to Revolución to check out the system. We’d been told that three of our four operators wouldn’t be there this morning for the final training because they had to return to work. But when we arrived, they were there waiting for us to complete their training because they understand how important this work is: they literally hold the health of the community in their hands. It brought tears to my eyes knowing that they were sacrificing a day’s pay (that they can ill afford to do) in order to make sure they understand how to test the water and operate the system. We are very comfortable that all four are now knowledgeable in enough to work the system, which is running perfectly.
During the final training, Michele and I walked over to the local elementary school with two of the local women to give the teacher materials from the health education program. Marta, our new friend from the Presbyterian church, told the school director and the students that they have long wanted to bring affordable clean water to the children of the village, and that we had come to help them make this possible.
After the final training, the pastor of the church offered a prayer and thanked us once again for being partners with them in this mission to their community. We left them today, feeling great about our mission, sad to leave our friends, but satisfied with what we have accomplished together with them. We drove to Merida this evening and have a day of rest and recreation tomorrow (most of us are going on a tour to the ruins at Chichén Itzá), and home on Sunday.
Thank you for your prayers and support. We feel them each day and look forward to our homecoming. (Could you please see that Kentucky is a little warmer by the time we get home? Thanks.) Blessings and thanks. We’ll see you soon.
© Melissa Bane Sevier, 2008