Bucky Mowery of Ohio is one of our faithful volunteers. He has made three trips to drill for the people in Guatemala. Usually he has made the trip with his friend, Speedy Gonzales. Speedy is from Guatemala, and it is a very special experience for him to return to help the people of his country. They are busy planning and preparing for the next trip.
Last year, the two of them worked hard for nearly three weeks to bring water to the village of Jabon Che’ which is in an extremely dry area. They were working with the propane powered drilling rig. Because propane is very expensive there, it cost nearly $120.00 per day for fuel for the rig. They drilled to nearly the limit of one of our rigs, 550 feet. There was a little water by then, but the static level is nearly 400 feet. That is too deep for our hand pumps and there is no power in the village. We have made contact with a group called Engineers without Borders who may be able to help us by coming up with a suitable pump to address this problem.
When he got back home, Bucky decided to try to find an engine for the rig which would be more economical to operate. He contacted a friend of his and learned of someone who might have a diesel engine which would work on the rig. He made the call and eventually was able to buy not only one engine, but two; and he only had to pay about what he was expecting for just one! He and Speedy are in the process of completely rebuilding one of the engines. Once finished, he will install it in one of his rigs and work with it to make sure all is well. Then he intends to remove it, ship it to Spokane and it will go in the container this fall. It will be installed in place of the thirsty propane engine on that rig. This kind of dedication is what makes the project possible.
We are saddened by the recent death of a great friend of the drilling project, Mr. Jim Bechtel. He fell while working on a ladder at his home. He and his wife drove the truck and trailer to Guatemala last fall. He was a champion of the poor people of Guatemala. Over the years he made dozens of trips in support of the orphanage and the people there. His energy and willingness to help will be missed.