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Loading Container for 2015

By Tim Rasmussen

This year we decided to send the container earlier because Gary was going to Guatemala in November to attend the graduation of his sponsored child at the orphanage. We tried to time it so Gary would be there when the container came into the country. There are usually problems at customs in one form or another and while we never send an American in to the customs office, it is good for one of us to be available to facilitate communications with the shipping company when a problem comes to the surface.

Loading Container 2015This year is special because of the all terrain forklift that we obtained and are shipping in the container. We have a small forklift in our shop, but it is no good outside. We needed something that can lift a length of well casing and put it on the roof rack of our pickups. This older CASE model will be just the ticket. CASE machines are common in Guatemala and parts will be no problem.

We also loaded a huge amount of hospital equipment donated to us by Deaconess hospital in Spokane. We shipped two x-ray machines, monitors, anesthesia machines, and 40 cases of linens, operating room lights, and tons of other things. The folks at the Ministry of Health and in the Government Hospital will be very happy. The hospital previously did not have an x-ray machine. These donations will improve the level of health care in
We now have 3 drilling rigs to support with pipe, pumps and tools. There are 67 wells we must keep serviced and producing. We believe that nearly 25,000 people are (more…)

Thanks to Corporate Doners

By Tim Rasmussen

Water for Life International does the work in Guatemala, but we could not do it at all if it were not for our volunteer drillers who come each year and donate their time and experience to bring clean water to folks who have none. And the drillers could not drill if it were not for the donors who give money and materials to make their work possible. There are many companies who help us by providing material as a donation or at such reduced prices that it might as well be a donation. We would like to give recognition to the some of these companies.

Cetco supplies 2 pallets of bentonite each year for surface seals on the wells.
Baker Manufacturing sells the 11HD hand pumps & appurtenances to us each year at a deep discount.
The Spokane branch of Mitchell, Lewis & Staver Co., sets aside submersible pumps and motors that become available throughout the year. They also donate new pumps and fittings to WFL that serve critical needs that we encounter.
The STA-RITE pump company donates new pumps each year.
The Spokane branch of Preferred Pump gives a very good price to WFL for Grundfos solar pumps. This allows us to provide water in the deeper (400’-550’) wells when electricity is not available and the water level is beyond the capability of the hand pumps.
Basin & Range Drilling is owned by one of our volunteer drillers, Bob Perry. The company often donates much needed cable tools and parts in addition to the things Bob personally donates and supplies to us.
Tacoma Pump & Drilling donates much needed pump supplies (again above and beyond what our friends and the owners, Jon & Chris Hanson, supply). They also recruit others to drill and assist the project.
We also extend a warm thank you to the many contractors who donate casing, tools, elevators, cable, and parts when we contact them.

We do have some a special need. Our old Ford F350 trucks are wearing out. We have been purchasing Mitsubishi double cab diesel pickups to replace them. The smaller trucks work better on the roads and it is easier to obtain parts for them and store them in the off-season. We have a critical need to purchase another pickup for our dental and medical teams. A used diesel, 4 door, Mitsubishi will cost $15,000.00, but will serve many years.

If you can’t go to Guatemala and wish to be an integral part of improving the health of people, please consider helping us with this critical need.