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.