In June, My wife Annette and I went to Guatemala to visit with the orphanage children and to try to make some assessment of the priorities for next year’s drilling season. We had never been there in the middle of summer and now I understand why. It was hot and very humid. It rained a little each day and seemed like it was raining hot water.
We visited the villages where we had worked last January through March. The first village, Tan Hoc, was a village without grid power, so we installed a traditional hand pump there. I could see from the worn paths leading from all parts of the village that the pump was valuable to them and was in constant use. The pump is in a central location across from a school. I tasted the water. It seemed hard and had some mineral taste but it was not objectionable.
The other village, La Canoa, was where we installed the merry-go-round pump that we brought in the container last fall. The village of La Canoa is further off the main track than Tan Hoc. La Canoa can only be reached by a bone-jarring 30 minute ride to go the 3 miles to the village. The people there do not speak English but speak an Indian dialect. We watched them use the pump. While the concept is good, I could see that the mechanical mechanism was such that the merry-go-round would not turn freely enough for the children to operate it, but the women seem very happy to spin it to get the water and they let the children ride for fun. I tasted the water and it had a bit of a sulfur smell to it but no particular bad taste.
I was unable to make direct contact with the mayor of the municipality, but our man there Berny Leonardo had been in contact with him and has his approval to drill wherever we want next year. We have not made that decision yet, but as the needs are everywhere, I do not think it will be hard to find a village where we will be welcome to drill.