Flying into Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras, population about 1.25 million. Honduras has a population of about 8 million.
Loading the truck at Tegucigalpa airport for the two hour journey to the lodge at Rapaco. Our plane is in the background.
Off we go!
The lodge at Rapaco.
View from the lodge.
The dormitories at Rapaco where we stayed.
Breakfast at the lodge.
Medical supplies brought by the Medical Brigade from Harvard.
The Harvard medical brigaders each brought a large suitcase crammed full of prescription drugs.
Ben, our water brigade coordinator.
View from the cab of our minibus.
Driving across the stream on our way to the work site.
Crossing the river by ford on the way to the work site.
Coordinator Ben spells out the day's work schedule.
First day on the job. The village church is on the hill to the left.
Hard work ahead!
The ground was barren and hard. This was the dry season (January).
Off we go to dig the trenches!
Coordinator Ben explains how the new water dam, high up in the hills, functions.
The piping carries the mountain stream water down to the village.
Livestock droppings present a contamination hazard in the dam's watershed.
Handing out the pickaxes and shovels.
All men and youth in the village helped install the water supply trunk pipeline, earning credits towards a connection to their own homes.
Brittany, Laura, Rachel (coordinator) watched over by a large cow.
Anna hard at work digging the trench for the pvc water pipe.
Lunch at the work site.
Typical home in this impoverished village.
No machinery at all was used in the project. Here village men mix cement.
Anna checks out the bottled water at the work site.
The wife does the laundry using a hard, flat rock to pound the soiled clothing.
Hard at work digging the mile-long trench for the pvc water piping.
Andrea (JHU) and Laura (SBU) hacking away.
Stacks of PVC piping of various diameters waiting to be laid.
Welding the PVC water pipe joints. Malcolm, Nicole and Liz .
Village children watch with interest.
Fresh water, flowing free! (l to r): Brittany, Rachael (JHU), Joy, Nicole, Laura, Liz.
Andrea (JHU) ploughs her way up the hill as we continue to dig the 2' trench through the village.
Feeling the heat.
Ho ho, ho ho, it's off to work we go!
The new water pipe (yet to be buried) snakes through the village.
Water storage tank under construction.
Inside view of the village water storage tank under construction.
Putting the finishing touches to the water storage tank.
Success! The Stony Brook and Johns Hopkins Universities combined Water Brigades.
Clean water at last!
Anna feeds the malnourished village dogs.
Andrea delivers a donation to a grateful village mother.
Cultivated, irrigated field growing beans, a staple of the diet.
Remains of a mud-brick house. Beans are being grown in the background (irrigated).
Ben discusses the remnant of an abandoned property, including the open toilet.
Away we go! Who doesn't enjoy a ride in th eback of a pickup truck? The children happily assist in the trash cleanup.
Anna and friend.
Anna and a little boy at the local orphanage. Children have lost their parents for many causes: death, extreme poverty, abuse, disease..... They were all very clothed, fed, housed and well looked after, but it was very sad to think that they will never know what it means to have a mother and father of their own.
View down the vallley.
The oldest man in the village. His vision is probably quite blurry due to cataracts.
View across the valley.
Flaxen-haired girl fills the water bottles for her Mom.
Mother hen and her baby chicks peck around the infertile ground.
Typical outhouse. Also note the flue to the family stove sticking out of the wall at an angle.
Flushable toilet (use the bucket).
This young woman, probably about 18 years, already had two children, and was pregnant with a third.
Nearby sugar refinery. Notice the yellow road train of trailers hooked together.
Fields of sugar cane.
Typical home interior. Obviously this home has electricity and a cement floor.
Coordinator Rachel discusses the philosophy of the Global Water Brigades.
The ground was exceedingly hard, dry and rocky. Each pick quantum was minute!
Brianna takes time out to get some water. It was important not to get dehydrated in the scorching tropical sun. We drank only bottled water.
Time for a break! Joy, Nichole and Liz.
Huge rocks sometimes blocked the route of the pipe.
Ready to install the PVC pipedown the main street!
Well-earned break at thee village “store”.
Typical village house.
Coordinator Rachel takes a break.
Village family. I wonder how they are all related?
Malcolm and one of the village leaders.
Children living well below the poverty line.
Mother stokes the earthen fire. The fuel was dried corn husks, which she gleaned from her yard, which was strewn with hundreds of them.
This modern home is owned by a relatively wealthy Honduran-American.
Pleasant rolling terrain.
Combined soccer team (we lost).
Preparing for the soccer match against the villagers.
Young mother (looked about 14 years old).
Look, I lost a tooth!
Village trash cleanup. There is no solid waste cleanup, so plastic litter is just thrown around. A better system is called for.
Grandma pitches in!
Junior helps out.
This is about all I can carry!
This energetic young fellow is destined to become the future village president!
Passing a sugar cane truck.
Oxen cart blocking the road!
Beasts of burden.
Malcolm and young friend.
Juhyun offers a small gift to a village mother.
Seeking a little shade from the scorching noon day sun.
Home sweet home.
Healthy-looking village youngsters.
Water brigaders (Stony Brook and Johns Hopkins combined).
Saying goodbye to our driver at Tegucigalpa airport.
Anna and Brittany figure out how to get all their carry-ons aboard the plane!