SAJSIB'AN- The name means white rock in in Ixil and is the name of one of villages eight miles west of our farm. The village is named after six vertical stones that lie in the forested peak behind the men in this photo. The stones were erected around 250 A.D. during the classic period of Mayan history. The remoteness of the site and the height above the surrounding valleys give certainty that the site was used as for sacred ceremonies. This last year as we hiked and worked in these mountains to bring water to the 357 homes of Sajsib'an it still held a sacredness. The natural beauty, the effort men of the village, the shear immensity of the project and the goal to meet such a basic need all added to reinforce the feeling. I invite you to celebrate with us and our sponsors- The Carson Foundation, Rotary Gig Harbor, Gary Glen Foundation and the Anderson family- the completion of the
SAJSIB'AN WATER PROJECT 2019
357 HOMES and 1,600 HAPPY BENEFICIARIES
It sounds so sure and simple. A gravity feed water system. Collecting the spring water in the picture to the right and passing it through piping to reach the tank site on the left. But what the two picture don't show is the three hours of hard hiking full of ravines, landslides, old growth tree roots and rocks that lie between them making this a epic task.
I would like to include on our thanks some of the men in this picture. Over four years ago Diego and Roberto searched the mountains for a spring to service the village. They latter organized the village in the purchase of the spring and brought a project request to our office.
Really there was no trail other than the one we made buy our constant journeys.
Hanging pipe from a simple cart we constructed over one of the ravines. You can see the concrete tower used to support the cable and a crew of men on the other side. This is the second ravine we crossed.
They take pride in their part building a quality crafted water tank and along with the rest of the men they have memory that will follow them throughout their lives. "Remember when we built our water system." This type of healthy ownership is built by being sweat partners in the work.
I would like to invite you to see some of the faces of the workers who with the help of our international sponsors have done what many would say could not be done. It has taken a huge effort and $50,000 but one village celebrates every time each family member opens a faucet of clean running water and this celebration will continue though the years to come.