Buen Día! As we say here! Good morning!
There's lots of handshaking with a greeting according to the time of day that goes on here. People are generally very friendly.
In the photo above we are standing by a sign that a family we made a well for made. It says, "fountain of life, public water "
They made their well water accessible at the street so people traveling by can have clean drinking water!
They also put a public out house there at the road;
Out houses are commonly used here.
In the area where we help people get clean water and life saving surgeries we often travel bumpy dirt roads and many people travel by motor bike. You will see whole families on one motor bike! I will try to get you a picture of that later 😊
We have been asked to help with many health needs. It's very sad to see people in such helpless conditions.
There are numerous stories and numerous needs. This is why The Blessing of Water sees the Blessing in "living simply so that others may simply live."
We hope together with your help we can meet the needs of the people we have met.
For example, there is a man here named Elloy who was bitten by a wild pig that someone was keeping possibly as a pet. He had to be rushed to a hospital I believe by plane as the medical services here are very slim and people must travel far to get help for certain conditions. He ended up needing to have his leg removed just below his knee. In the meantime, the antibiotics they gave him caused him to lose his sight. He is diabetic, and has an inflamed heart. He also, has these tumorous looking lumps forming on his back. Thankfully he is able to get a free medical exam in a city about 2 hours away. TBOW was able to provide money to pay for a taxi to take him and the person he needed to accompany him to stay in the area for 3 days to get tested to see what the lumps are and what the Doctors can do.
Elloy also needed a bed, refrigerator and a blender to help him eat properly. Thankfully a woman and her husband have had compassion on him and she cooks for him the food he brings her, as he has to have a special diet. This woman has also accompanied him to the city to go to the Doctors.
TBOW was able to provide the other needs listed as well.
The need for medical help in this area is great. Unfortunately there is a lot of corruption and not all doctors can be trusted. Doctors in the area are few and do not have the resources to perform some of the needed surgeries in the area. We would love to see more Doctors & nurses move to this area with updated skills and abilities to help meet the needs of Ixiamas and surrounding are. If you are a nurse or Doctor, please consider moving to Ixiamas, Bolivia, South America. ❤
This family fed us well, 3 meals a day as we worked and they zealously worked together to help with the digging and drilling. It was encouraging to see their family team work.
The first well was about 55 feet and went smoothly.
The second well we had some issues with clay deep in the earth and had to drill further after it caved in. It ended up being about 29 meters which equals about 98 feet by they time we were done. But it has a lot of water and should bless them for many years. They were very thankful.
Btw, the area they lived in has wild tigers that eat their animals, they also have alligators in the area and poisonous snakes which we happened to meet one on the trail walking back to our tents in the dark after drilling; thankfully David was able to wack and break it's back.
So, besides from dangerous animals the heat has also been intense with temperatures in the 80's and 90's with over 90% humidity.
We have learned, in everything to give thanks, as someone always has it worse; and daily food and water is a blessing! The sights here on their farm have been absolutely beautiful! Lots of flowers, and this amazingly buff looking and beautiful rooster that liked to kock-a-doodle-doo with his friends early in the morning right outside our tents.
|By the way they don't seem to make tents here for people over 5' tall 😃|
|Giant mango tree on their property is likely over 70 years old!|
Thankfully the family we are drilling for has been very helpful, even helping with the manual labor of creating the well. They are also happy at the expectation of having clean water after so many years of collecting rain water, which is scarce during this time of year called the "dry season".
|Wood table with, clay or concrete on top to make the fire on.|
|It was a lot easier than squatting, and it provided some privacy which is a plus!|