Oneida Hernandez of the El Porvenir staff stands beside El Poseron's new well.
During our trip around Nicaragua with the sustainable development groupEl Porvenir, we were happy to be able to visit the project that our friend and fellow-parishioner, Harvey CoChien, had made possible in honor of his recently deceased mother. In the tiny village of El Poseron, eighty people enjoy potable water, lavanderos, latrines and a budding nursery in memory of Rosa Tan CoChien.
The well is located a short hike uphill from the community.
The builders -- community members with a minimum of professional help -- had scratched the completion date on the enclosure.
Oneida displayed the plaque that will be mounted at the site.
Freddy, our Nicaraguan translator, tried to pass along to the local people the words that that Liz Specht read out about Rosa Tan CoChien's life.
Harvey had hoped to join the trip to see the improvements he had been able to finance as a memorial to Rosa but was unable to join us.
People listened intently to Rosa's story -- this gentleman was the diviner who had pointed out the location at which to dig the well.
Community members and El Porvenir staff joined together for a picture with the well and plaque.
And then we all trudged down the hill to see the miracle of new water in action.