Dig Deeper : Projects : Interventions in Guatemala

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The culture in Guatemala is open, free and beautiful whilst being constrained, poor and difficult
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We visited farms, clinics, churches, villages, water treatment facilities, homes and people.
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We attended cultural events like this one at the library, a Mayan Dance
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We tested for CO around the stove and home, learning which techniques and stoves were worst and safest.
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We tested for CO in women's blood with an experimental Blood CO finger clamp meter, and learned who was most at risk.
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Many of the villages were in the shadow of active volcanoes.
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Amilcar's stove was locally made and best in class for cultural consideration, clean burning and efficient. We put him in touch with local agencies to push for his stove to be introduced in other areas.
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Much of our work was in the Lake Atitlan region
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The lake provided water to drink, cook, fish and wash. But was also becoming polluted and unsafe
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The hard work of coffee is one of the few employment opportunities in the region
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In the larger villages we samples the water in their tanks.
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In the poorest villages we sampled the water they carried home in buckets from nearby.
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Sources for pollution were undertreated effluent from large settlements, soaps from cleaning and livestock ecoli.
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We cultured the water samples in chicken egg incubators overnight.
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Some rather ambitious projects were successfully undertaken.
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And some good times were had.