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Archive for 2006

Fall 2006 Update

By admin , Saturday, October 28th, 2006

At the date of this writing in early December 2006, the pace of preparations at the Bartholomew shop and yard is hectic. The new rig is being prepared. Tool boxes are being built and steel covers on all tanks and tool boxes and compartments. The propane engine on this rig makes it very useful as propane is easily obtained in Guatemala and a cover has been fashioned to prevent theft of propane. The brakes were checked and repaired by our mechanic Frank Clark, and all changeable fuels and lubricants were changed.

At the same time a container is being filled with drilling steel tools, pump wire, pumps and electric equipment and boxes and boxes of items destined for the orphanage campus.

A special friend of the project, Mr. Willis Robinson of Spangle Washington, has offered to transport the high-cube container from Spokane to Galveston for the cost of fuel. This kind assistance allows us to stretch our dollars and makes the project possible. Another friend, Tom Richardson of H2o Drilling in Hayden Idaho, delivered his contribution. A brand new, in the box, Lincoln Welder! This generous gift completes the tools on the rig and will give many years of good service.

Two weeks ago, I was in Guatemala and visited with the Mayor of Poptun. He reported that our well in Ixobel had been tested by the authorities in Guatemala City and found to be capable of producing 300 gals/min. He was very happy. He intends to hook it to the plumbing infrastructure that is being installed in the Sante Fe and Ixobel area. I spoke with him about whether he could help us get the rig and the container into the country without paying duty. He promised his help and said that he would take the documents to his contact with the secretary of the President. He said that it would be possible to get them in to the country without paying duty. I also told the mayor that we plan to begin two wells in January.

We look forward to a good drilling season with several volunteers who learned about this project through this publication.

Summer 2006 Update

By admin , Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

Preparations are underway at the Bartholomew yard for the drilling season in Guatemala. The new to us but used rig is being readied for shipment. A large tool box is being built to go behind the cab of the truck. It looks like a sleeper on an 18 wheeler, but it is very necessary for security. The rig is being checked from top to bottom and repaired as necessary. We are collecting tools and equipment for shipment in the container that will accompany the rig to Guatemala. (more…)

Weight? No problem

By Tim Rasmussen , Saturday, July 8th, 2006

After receiving the Ok from the Customs officials on the release of the rig from the import process, Berny’s next obstacle to get the rig onto a lowboy and get it out of there. This was complicated by the bent drive shaft which prevented its being driven anywhere under its own power. The shaft was bent when one the loading sling straps was passed under the shaft and not above it. Berny also realized that since it was Christmas, the dock workers were few and very little cargo other than the rig had been off loaded. What to do? The rig needed to be moved now. The truck and trailer were standing by.

Berny walked over to a worker lounging in the shade. After explaining the problem he asked if the man had any ideas about how to do it. The man said the usual “No Problem,” (which in central America means there is going to be one soon) and walked (more…)

Where is the VIN number?

By Tim Rasmussen , Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Our go-to-guy in Guatemala, Berny Leonardo, was at the dock the next day to see about getting the rig through the customs process. He presented the paperwork to the dock master and began to talk about money. When a figure had been arrived at which was higher than expected but still within the realm of sanity, it seemed that all was working out. Then the customs man announced that there was a “problem” which is usually a sign that more money is needed, but not this time. He could not find the VIN on the truck.

After several phone calls to the states and useless attempts to find the VIN on the 1942 GMC 6×6 military vehicle, Berny began to realize the magnitude of the “problem”. Without the VIN it became obvious that the rig would not be released. The specter of delay contributed to the risk of theft and “storage fees” that would soon place the rig out of our financial grasp and result in its loss to us. Berny left the docks and went to a small boarding hotel for the night. After much prayer and little sleep, he started back to the dock without much hope (more…)

Donaldo Boy With No Name

By Tim Rasmussen , Friday, June 23rd, 2006

When a spot was chosen for the first well at Los Pinos, several boys were given the task of clearing the brush surrounding the area with machetes and hoes. The work was hot and hard and the boys did not have much heart for it. One lad clearly did not like the idea of staying beyond the time expected in order to finish, and his scowl at the insistence that he stay was pointed and darkly hostile. At 14, he was small but powerfully built. He stayed but he was sullen and the other boys gave him a wide birth.

When Gary spoke to the maintenance chief about his need for just 1 boy the next day and a little of Donaldo’s attitude, he just shrugged and said, “Yes, he is a troubled (more…)

Spring 2006 Update

By admin , Thursday, June 8th, 2006

The GWP is happy to report the progress of this last winter’s drilling Project and the prospects for the coming season. This past season saw the completion of the drilling on the International Children’s Care campus, completion of one of the concrete water storage reservoirs, and the completion of a well in Ixobel, a village outside of Poptun.

As a result of the generosity of Mt Baker Silo Company of Bellingham, Washington, who donated the steel forms, we were able to construct a 20 ft diameter by 20 high concrete water tower. It was completed in two visits by Lynn Bartholomew and his faithful volunteers from the Spokane Area with local help from students and workers. It was a big project, with the (more…)

Gracias Amigos

By Tim Rasmussen , Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

The construction of the water reservoirs completes a large segment of the infrastructure that supports the 700 people who are the students, faculty and families of ICAP, the secondary school and Los Pinos, the orphanage home. Together these are the ICC facilities near Poptun, Guatemala.

Five years ago there were areas where sewage was seeping from broken septic tanks, there was only contaminated water to drink, to wash dishes and in which to bathe. There were times that the pumps that brought the river water to the campus failed, and the students would have to take the kitchenware to the river to be washed and then they brought them back to be rinsed with bleach water . When there are 1200 meals per day to prepare, this can be a serious problem.

The project to change this situation began about five years ago when Gary Bartholomew spent one month installing 4000 ft of 4 inch sewer pipe and then the next year 9000 ft of 4 inch and 2 inch water supply lines, the drilling of the first wells in 2005 and this year more wells and the first concrete water tank. These improvements have changed the lives of many people, not only those who can drink the water but also to those who have helped make it possible. Many people have contributed and we wish to thank a few of our most generous supporters. Stadeli R and Sons of Silverton Or. for the faithful old rig, Mt Baker Silo Co of Bellingham for the concrete tank forms, United Pipe and Supply, Mitchell Lewis and Staver, H2O Well Service of Coeur de Alene, Id, CJ Warren of Spokane, Brett McCardy of Rathdrum Id., Cory Startup of Sequim, Wa., Rod Fogle of Colville, Wa, and Joe Mahurin of Bozeman, Montana

Besides these listed, there have been companies and individuals who have donated money and equipment, and some have traveled to Guatemala to get dirty with us in these endeavors. It is impossible to give credit to all who have helped, but there is a tally sheet for the good deeds we do in this life, and proper credit will be given to all who helped.

There is more to do. We have another drilling rig that will be shipped this fall for the spring work season, and we need drillers to put it to use. We cannot offer money but we can offer a chance for a life-changing experience. If you want to help us in this work, Please contact Gary or Lynn Bartholomew at 509-466-5075 or 509-466-5134.

Beside Himself

By Tim Rasmussen , Sunday, March 5th, 2006

Lynn Bartholomew was so beside himself there were almost two of him. He could NOT get the Hercules engine on the 22 W to run for more that just a couple of minutes. Potential causes were eliminated one by one over several days work by Lynn and Brian Bot until the magneto was determined to be the fault. So now what? The situation was really very simple. No parts, No magneto, No drilling. But this is Gods’ rig he remembered, so I’ll ask him. After prayer he made one phone call.

3700 miles away outside Olympia, Washington, Rod Bartholomew got the call. A magneto? Hercules engine? Where to even look for such a thing? Rod was on the highway near the capital so he stopped beside the road to make calls. First to Bucyrus Erie. Closed. Then to parts stores in Spokane. They didn’t act like they had ever heard of a magneto. He was fast running out of options. Time to talk to the master. After prayer, it came to him to call a friend in Idaho, Brett Mcardy. Brett had a rig like this and maybe he would have an idea. Brett answered the call immediately. After hearing of Lynn’s plight and (more…)

Fishing for Tools

By Tim Rasmussen , Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

On December 7,2005, a container was loaded at the Bartholomew’s in Spokane and began its trip to Guatemala. The expected transit time was 3 weeks but it took six. There were “paperwork” issues between the home office of the shipping company and the Guatemala terminal. After days of negotiation, many faxes back and forth and the payment of some “adjustments,” the container was released from the port and delivered. All cargo was intact.

Lynn Bartholomew and volunteers from Spokane immediately began to work erecting the steel reservoir forms on one of the two concrete pads which they had prepared. After 2 days of hard work, the (more…)

Winter 2005 Project Updates

By admin , Saturday, January 21st, 2006

The yard and the shop at the Bartholowmew’s in Spokane during November and December was a busy place. The stockpile of items to be shipped was growing. Each item shipped has to be labeled, inventoried, and weighed. The gas tanks have to be drained on all motors. The tool stems were checked and thread protectors fashioned. As the pile grew, weight became a primary consideration because shipping container capacity was limited to 44,000 pounds. Some decisions on what to take could not be made till the last moment.

Finally the container arrived and on one long cold day was loaded with (more…)