Saturday, May 9, 2009

Thursday May 8, 2009

Thursday May 7, 2009

Started the day out on the roof of our apartment. The roof is flat and quiet. I was able to get in some quiet time and some reading before the kids got out of bed. The day proved to be a busy one – but a good one. The kids did the hokey pokey on the roof while we attempted to connect to the internet.

Not a bad day – just dirty. Today we made preparations for the filters The dirt needed to be sifted, sorted and washed. I worked with the maintenance people to make a frame to hold the screen we bought. The dirt still had a significant portion of silt, so we had to wash it 3 to 4 times.

We started this process after breakfast and despite a break for lunch, we kept at it all day. Everyone is tired and sore. The kids helped wash the sand and we made a huge mess in the parking lot of HCJB. It was good though.

After the cleanup from the sand, we went to the local grocery store. The place was packed with people and was quite a nice store. We saw several kinds of fruit that we had no idea what to do with and the prices were very reasonable. As we were checking out it started to rain, you know your standard downpour. We had one umbrella, but only Sunshine came out mostly dry. The rest of us ran in the rain. It was fun as we went through traffic the 6 or 7 blocks home.

All in all Quito is very nice for a big city. No bugs to speak of, lots of resources available and semi-pleasant people. Traffic is bad, but not any worse than Chicago. The kids miss the green space. The houses, business’s, and schools share walls. No place to play outside. They are looking forward to going to the village of Shell on Monday and then into the jungle to get away from the concrete.

The family is winding down and Sunshine and I are ramping up for our first filter build tomorrow (Friday) at 8:00 am. This small group of engineers from HCJB and Samaritans purse will be highly influential in how the filters are setup throughout the country.

Please keep praying for us as we have a long way to go.

Thank you,

Eric

P.S. – We have a view of the highest active volcano right out of our window.

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