Week 7

Finishing off the seventh week of my internship!

I don’t really know what to write about this week.

I started off the week researching the TSA’s policy on chemicals in checked baggage. We’re planning on printing field test kits, pathoscreen, and we wanted to bring them to Panama ing our checked baggage; however, we were concerned the TSA would take them away, as they’re little plastic pouches of white powder. After contacting airlines, the TSA, and the Office for Hazardous Materials Safety, it looks like the pouches will be fine to transport on the airplane as long as we keep the safety sheet with it. Now I need to check custom’s policies and determine if we’ll have any problems there.

Now I’m focusing my research on well drilling, and specifically well drilling in Panama. I will be creating an evaluation form to decide where a well should go (physical features, assessing aquifers), and what the questions to consider are. I will research drilling close to the shoreline: what restrictions we have, how far away we should go, etc, and if there are any geologic & topographic maps of the Ngobe Bugle comarca or the Bisira township specifically, and Las Lajas (to get an idea of aquifers/surface features). Right now I’m in the preliminary stages of the research; familiarizing myself with the basics and terminology, etc. More on this next week!
In other news, the article I submitted to the Journal of Water and Health has been assigned a manuscript number and is under review. Hopefully I will hear more soon.

Yesterday, Rachael and Josh went to Indianapolis to have an important meeting with Juan. I wanted to go, but I couldn’t get off work at Evangeline’s, so unfortunately, I could not tag along. Juan is our main contact in Panama. He has a church in David, and often travels to the comarca. Working with and having a good relationship with Juan and David’s Well is essential, at this point in time, to the success of our projects in Panama. The meeting went really well! We got the go ahead for our trip in August. I don’t have any more details yet, but that means we can start booking flights and arranging transportation, and planning the trip in detail!

A lot of really exciting stuff is happening with Water for Panama. Unfortunately, I cannot share most of it with you because the information is extremely confidential or it’s not official yet. So, look out we’ll have some very exciting announcements in the near future.

Our bike fundraising campaign is going extremely well. We are only $150 away from our goal of raising $1,000! We’re continuing training, as the ride is only three weeks away.
Link to the fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/BikeforCleanWater

Rachael got a kitten. She brought him to the office monday because he cries if you leave him alone.

Rachael got a kitten. She brought him to the office monday because he cries if you leave him alone.

His name is Toulouse, and he is crazy adorable. Just look at that little bow.

His name is Toulouse, and he is crazy adorable. Just look at that little bow.

Rachael showing off our Sawyer hollow fiber membrane filter

Rachael showing off our Sawyer hollow fiber membrane filter

Me, enjoying some of the awesome filtered water

Me, enjoying some of the awesome filtered water

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