So today was our last day to visit the people of San Jose Petacalapa. We are heading back to Guatemala City tomorrow so that we will have all of Monday to collect the rebar samples and do some souvenir shopping for the silent auction in March. Then home on Tuesday! I can't believe the trip is almost over! I will be very sad to leave again, I love being down here. But no time for worrying about that now!
So today we analyzed the results of our water quality testing. After letting our petri dishes full of the community's water incubate in Catherine's suitcase for over 24 hours, we discovered that most of the sites tested have fecal coliform colonies. A couple have E coli colonies, but not many, and most have some salmonella colonies. We presented these results to the community but explained that we cannot do anything about it at this time other than suggest that they boil their water. But we're hoping it might stir some water quality project ideas in their minds....we shall see!
We also planned to give the community a copy of the document we signed the other day (the Memorandum of Understanding), but for some reason the printer didn't want to print the PDF. We tried to convert the file to a Word document, but everything was skewed, so we ended up just printing a blank copy and had them sign it again on paper. But all is well, everything is signed! We also gave them a copy of our tentative construction schedule just to make sure that everything is clear for everyone.
Well that's about it for today! The rest of the day was just relaxing since we are done with our agenda! The next time we talk, we'll be in Guatemala City! As long as the hotel there has internet, that is!
Adios for now!