Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Filters, Filters and more Filters

I will start from where I left off last time.

Monday morning we completed 4 hours of rotten board removal and painting on the Pastors house. We ate a quick lunch and then headed back to El Higo for further filter building. Valentin, again was our translator and 6 more families came for training. This time we had 2 more men available to help with the loading and unloading of material so it went quickly. We ate at the Children's home with the 2 other groups from West Michigan.

Tuesday we had another filter build - but this time at the Pastor's home. 7 pastors from small villages came with their families to learn to build the filters for their communities. The company from Monterrey who provided the filter materials sent 4 people to help with translation and to see the recipients of their gift. Eric then took those 4 people to El Higo to see the 12 families that recieved the other filters. It was eye opening for them. The 4 employees are upper class Mexicans and therefore are a little out of touch with the poor - no different than ourselves really. Monterrey informed us then that they are not interested in the hygiene training (one of the main reasons we came down here) so we now have an extra free day. It was disappointing to hear them say it but after theye rescheduled 3 times it was not unexpected.

After the build we took a tour of Innotec's new factory and then drove back to El Higo to drop off a new friend of Adriannes. We ate there and watched the kids from the orphanage break open a pinata and climbed a mountain nearby. Going up wasn't too bad although the cactus were vicious! On the mountain top was a cross with a crown of thorns on it. Several times a year people crawl up the mountain to place their gifts at the foot of the cross. The way down was more brutal. The rocks were very loose so we slipped alot, Adrianne stepped on a thorn that penetrated her shoe and went into her foot. Kevin slipped and was poked by a cactus that caused him to bleed profusely and then turn black and blue. Eric was poked by the same type of cactus and it penetrated his blue jeans. Needless to say we were glad to get down.

Today was a day of catch up. Laundry, emails, house cleaning, car cleaning (I think it drives faster now because we sucked so much dirt out of it!) and then Valentine took us on a tour of the historic downtown Saltillo. He is a history buff so we learned a lot. Another trip to H.E.B. (the grocery store) completed our day. Food prices are higher than in the U.S. Even rice and beans cost more plus they add a 15% tax to everything. I do not understand how people survive when the average wage is $1.50 an hour. Today we also completed a bacteria test on a water sample form El Higo. Bacteria count was high but we were glad to see that there was no fecal matter in it.

Until the next update!


  1. Awesome to get the filters rolling! We have been praying for all of you...sorry, didn't get specific enough with the cacti - next time though! ;-)

    We'll continue to think of and pray for you often.

    The Wysong's

  2. Sarah FoggAugust 15, 2008

    Yikes on the attack cacti! Hope everyone is feeling ok :) Sorry to hear about the cancelled meeting, but it sounds like you are making progress with the filters in the immediate area of the children's home. Thanks for the updates, see you all soon!


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