Friday, August 12, 2016

The Final Day

On the last day of work in the village the team was able to plaster some walls in the house and continue on the bathroom walls.

The stove crew installed 3 more stoves and chimneys in 4 other stoves. We had a total of sixteen stoves installed this week. That means sixteen families will no longer be suffering from the effects of smoke filling their kitchens and homes.

The children's program had their final day and the kids made butterflies out of popsicle sticks and yarn.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Raise the Roof!

Today the roof went on the house in Saquiy! They also started the walls of the bathroom and the pila (concrete sink) area.

The stove team installed 3 new stoves in the village of Saquiy. They have three left tomorrow and a few chimneys to install.

The children's program continued with what we like to call organized chaos (20 boys hitting eachother with foam pool noodles). They made some fish puppets in crafts and enjoyed animal crackers for snack.

The doctor continued seeing patients in the clinic and was able to follow up on some people who came in earlier in the week.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Half Day and a Trip to the Ruins

We worked a half day in the village today. The construction crew finished filling in the house with dirt and will soon be able to pour the cement floor. The children's program had a few extra kids who were waiting to see the doctor and joined in on the fun. They did perler bead crafts, colored a lot of coloring pages and even had fun running under a hose to cool off. The stove team installed 3 more stoves today bringing this week's count up to 8!

This afternoon the team went and toured the Mayan Ruins of Tak'alik A'baj and learned about some Mayan history.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Tuesday Without Rain

After the impressive thunderstorm yesterday afternoon we were all very thankful that the rain held off today. In the morning the stove crew installed 4 new plancha stoves. One of the kitchen was so overwhelmed with smoke that it was stinging our eyes and throats as we were working. Needless to say that was our fastest installation and motivated the team to continue on and gave a new insight to what the women are dealing with when cooking.
The doctor saw many people at the clinic throughout the day and noted that they were sicker today and most had never been to the clinic before. Many malnourished children.
On the construction site the team worked very hard all day moving dirt into the house to level it out in preparation for the cement floor.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Monday in Ixtacapa

Today was the first day of work in the village for our team in Guatemala. The doctor and nurse worked in the clinic seeing patients. Everyone from 3 months old to 91 years old! Two plancha stoves got installed this morning for Juliana and Silvia. They will now be able to cook for their families and not worry about smoke filling their kitchen. The chidlren's program had a morning and afternoon session. The younger kids in the morning enjoyed doing crafts and coloring with the team members. In the afternoon we did the program at the school in Saqui. The kids really enjoying "playing" (hitting each other) with the foam pool noodles. We experiences a good guatemalan downpour at the end of the day and one team member said, "You guys weren't kidding about rainy season."

Sunday, August 7, 2016

New Team in Guatemala

Our new team arrived to the hotel today in the rain! We have a busy week ahead with clinic, children's program for 85 kids, construction and installation of 15 new plancha stoves!! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


It's a week before school starts and kids are spending their final days of summer outside. With some leftover vapor barrier and some soap they were able to set up a slip n' slide.

We also were able to go back and enjoy the pool. Hopefully the weather will continue to stay nice and there will be more pool trips before the start of school.

Written by: Amanda Tarlow