Water Purifier Repair

Group of friends at purifier

Group of friends at purifier

Hole drilled for new PVC connection

Hole drilled for new PVC connection

Community Cistern

Community Cistern

PVC connecting purifier to cistern

PVC connecting purifier to cistern

Raph drills into school wall

Raph drills into school wall

Water access to cistern

Water access to cistern

Chlorine

Chlorine

Sodium Hydroxide

Sodium Hydroxide

School boy at purifier

School boy at purifier

Outside Spigot

Outside Spigot

Venturi Purifier

Venturi Purifier

New manifold for circulating water

New manifold for circulating water

Nicaragua June 2013: Waswali, Nuestra Tierra, El Salto, San Jose, Yaule

This trip was undertaken in order to scout for one or two communities who would be interested in working with HeadStrong over at least a 3-5 year period of time.  We looked for communities that demonstrated leadership capacity, visible efforts toward self improvement, and willingness to collaborate and contribute toward the improved development of their families and public services.

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Waswali
Waswali

Waswali Elementary School

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Waswali
Waswali

The drainage problem at the school is evident.

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Waswali
Waswali

The school scrubbing sink is clogged, probably due to inability to properly drain during the rainy season.

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Waswali
Waswali

The cistern sits on top of this handwashing station. A government sponsored submersible pump was recently put in. Luckily the double rope pump was left behind in case the community has difficulty making water payments.

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Waswali
Waswali

The elementary school yard is huge and fenced in. Many trees and some small gardens have been put in by the students.

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Waswali
Waswali

A view of the church and a home behind it next to the school.

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Waswali
Waswali

Raph examines the handwashing station.

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Waswali
Waswali

The preschool classroom behind the elementary school.

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Matagalpa, Nicaraguga  2013



Working hand in hand with Puentes de Esperanza, we were able to ensure cleaner water access to approximately 500 people as well as explore Raphael Alvarado's building projects.

Matagalpa Stats
Matagalpa Stats
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Big Bird
Big Bird

Our trusted bus (from Korea).

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At Puentes de Esperanza
At Puentes de Esperanza

Prepping Cylinders for conversions. Nice sunburn lines.

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Raph's Mahindra
Raph's Mahindra

Ready to go!

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Yaule, Nicaragua
Yaule, Nicaragua

Rope pump to be converted. Alex and Ronaldo strike GQ poses in the back.

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Yaule, Nicaragua
Yaule, Nicaragua

Discussing conversion of the pump.

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Yaule, Nicaragua
Yaule, Nicaragua

Measuring well depth after removing the rope pump.

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Yaule, Nicaragua
Yaule, Nicaragua

Ready for the head.

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HAITI  JULY  2012

Our first trip of five, with our mentor Rick.  This was a chance to disseminate training, see how we work together, explore our skill sets, and see who can quip the best one liner under absurd circumstances.
Lexus.....in Haiti
Lexus.....in Haiti

You don't see this too often in Haiti.

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Wayne's Rig
Wayne's Rig

With off roading in the near future, Wayne quickly thinks up a road worthy, quickly built rack and we all pitch in to build it.

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Ain't she a beaut?
Ain't she a beaut?
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Blue Ridge compound
Blue Ridge compound

Here we procured parts for repairs to come. Thanks Rick and Blue Ridge!

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We're off!
We're off!

Got rack, parts, and Mukhtar-will travel.

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Day One
Day One

Look how happy we are to get in the back of the truck. Must be day one!

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Feja, Haiti
Feja, Haiti

First stop, Perpetual Secour Catholic Church. This well has been broken for some months.

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Well Depth and Water Sample
Well Depth and Water Sample

Mukhtar and Lisa learn how to take a water sample and measure the well depth and size of the water column.

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Feja
Feja

A local girl watches the action.

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"Use what you have."

HAITI  FEBRUARY 2012

Staci and Garth go with EDGE Outreach to Ranquitte, Haiti. 
Putting heads together.
Putting heads together.
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Service to country.
Service to country.
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5 seater to Pingnon.
5 seater to Pingnon.
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Settling into the 5 seater.
Settling into the 5 seater.

We kept saying, "Our moms would kill us!!"

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A look at Port Au Prince from above.
A look at Port Au Prince from above.
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View from the Mission Aviation plane
View from the Mission Aviation plane
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Deforestation changing over.
Deforestation changing over.
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Our pilot David and Rick.
Our pilot David and Rick.
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Pingnon
Pingnon

Here is the airport at Pingnon, about a 30 minute flight from Port Au Prince.

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"Gravity demands payment."

Nicaragua  November 2011 

In partnership with EDGE Outreach, Water Ambassadors Canada, and  Puentes de Esperanza, Staci gets to know hand pump repair and conversion in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

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Puentes de Esperanza
Puentes de Esperanza

Inside the mission house at Puentes de Esperanza run by Rapheal Alvarado and and his lovely family. The food doesn't get any better than this!

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View from the back
View from the back

The mission house was once a nightclub hence the multilevel backyard space. Now it's a peaceful oasis.

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Raph's truck ready to roll.
Raph's truck ready to roll.
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View of Matagalpa
View of Matagalpa
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Our first well in Apatites
Our first well in Apatites
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Cleaning the space around the well.
Cleaning the space around the well.

This young man remembers when an Italian non profit group put the well in when he was a small child. The well has not worked for 14 years.

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Pulling up the old pump components.
Pulling up the old pump components.
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Examining pipe for defects.
Examining pipe for defects.
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"You never know what's down the well."