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Day 5: Fútbol and Friendships

By: Aaron P. Graft

April 27, 2018

The week is coming to an end for the TBK Bank team in El Salvador. They made great progress and enjoyed making new friends in the village of Santiago Nanualco. On Thursday, the drilling team put everything in place to make the well fully functioning. They poured the concrete foundation and finished placing the PVC pipes. Team leaders Gerardo and Chris had the honor of placing the plaque into the wet concrete, commemorating TBK Bank and Living Water International role in bring clean water to this community. Chris was honored by being the first person to pump water from the well!

Kevin carries rocks to the well which are used to build the foundation
Kevin carries rocks to the well which are used to build the foundation

Gerardo and Chris pose with the plaque, which reads “This well is donated by TBK Bank and Living Water International in the name of Jesus.”
Gerardo and Chris pose with the plaque, which reads “This well is donated by TBK Bank and Living Water International in the name of Jesus.”

Trip leaders place the plaque into the wet concrete
Trip leaders place the plaque into the wet concrete

The hygiene team spent Thursday teaching the community how to properly maintain the well and its pump. They also led an arts and craft activity where the kids made fish out of paper plates. After the lesson and crafts were complete, the team played “fútbol” with the kids.

The well dedication ceremony and celebration are taking place today. The ceremony will include performances by the team, a puppet show and messages from leadership in the village, Living Water staff and the TBK Bank team. Then on Saturday, the team will make the journey back to the States.

“These kids have more energy than I was prepared for,” describes Kenyon, pictured below.

Kenyon wearing himself out playing soccer with the kids
Kenyon wearing himself out playing soccer with the kids

Gerardo getting equally exhausted playing soccer with the kids
Gerardo getting equally exhausted playing soccer with the kids

Thanks for following along with our posts this week! We will have highlights to share with you in May.

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