Posts made in August, 2016

Huehuetanango Team Reflections: The Water Team

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Huehuetanango Team Reflections: The Water Team

The Water Team Thanks to Dale, Harold, Nick and Elena, the Agua Viva system is installed and operational. The well water at Fundación Salvación is now being filtered and disinfected with ozone. The kids at the orphanage now drink water that is clean, safe and healthy. As soon as we arrived we learned that no water lines were connected from the well to the water room. Harold, Nick and Elena started on the real work of constructing the water system, while Dale consulted with staff at Fundacion Salvacion. Nick and Elena worked to lay (actually hang from the roof) pipe from the only water source...

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Huehuetanango Team Refections: Education and Evangelism

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Huehuetanango Team Refections: Education and Evangelism

The Education Team: Jared, Deanna, and Nancy along with interpreters Anna and Stephanie, trained a group of four adult Guatemalan teachers to share the principles of hygiene to the rest of the community, using the curriculum that AVI compiled. These teachers were so great. They took the material and really made it their own. As the adult educators presented information they learned to students, both students and educators were very engaged and responsive.  Everyone especially enjoyed acting out the Bible story, “Crossing the Red Sea!”  We are confident they’re going to do a great job...

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Huehuetanango Team Reflections – The Dental Team

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Huehuetanango Team Reflections – The Dental Team

The Dental Team Lea and Jim (team members) and Raquel and Wendy (Locals from Guatemala) comprised the very dynamic and hard working dental team.  Jim was the set up man, while Lea assisted Raquel and Wendy, the dentists who serve with AVI, but live in Guatemala.  Their friend and fellow dental student, Neddy, also joined the team for two days.  In just three and a half days the team completed 243 fillings, and 176 extractions.  The operation of the dental clinic was seamless.  Even the younger children who were frightened to come, were calmed by Wendy and Raquel’s sweet, reassuring nature. ...

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Huehuetanango Team Reflections- The Orphanage

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Huehuetanango Team Reflections- The Orphanage

The Orphanage- June 12th, 2016 On Sunday morning we loaded all 16 bags as well as carry-ons onto the bus for the relatively quick jaunt to Huehuetenango, usually about 1-2 hours.  Due to washed out roads, stops by the vegetable insect police, (seriously!) and rain, the drive ended up taking much longer and we finally arrived early afternoon. Alycia Harrah, the director of Fundacion Salvacion Children’s Home greeted the weary travelers and gave us a tour of the grounds, showing us where our teams would work.  She calls it a Children’s home rather than an orphanage because the caregivers...

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Huehuetanango Team Reflections: Getting There

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Huehuetanango Team Reflections: Getting There

The following are stories gathered from members of Agua Viva’s recent trip to Huehuetanango, Guatemala. Stay tuned over the course of the next 5 weeks for the series of reflections. Getting There: June 11th, 2016  On June 11, ten well-equipped Americans arrived at KCI at 4:00am to fly to Guatemala City via Houston.  By well equipped, I mean we were loaded with 16 checked bags with water purification equipment, educational supplies, peanut butter and jelly just in case, dental equipment, including lydacaine, syringes, and other questionable items.  Extra bags (we had 6) now cost a...

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