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Baudilio: Well, before receiving a filter, we would suffer from diarrhea constantly. Now that we have a filter, this no longer occurs. Kathy: Everyone is all better Baudilio: Yes, the children are all better. (0:18) Kathy: Having the filter is important then so that the children don’t have to grow up with this symptom constantly. Baudilio: Exactly! So we feel as though the filter has really helped us out. Water comes to contaminated. After being filtrated, the water comes out clean. Kathy: Yes (0:37) Baudilio: So the water comes out clean, the filter removes everything that makes the water dirty and it comes out filtrated. Kathy: Yes, What I was mentioning to some families is that the water may come out clean, the water from the river. It does not have any bits of trash but we still don’t know what could be in there (0:55) Baudilio: Yes, There can still be microbes in that water. That water can still be contaminated. The rivers had much healthier water when I was younger because there was less pollution. There was less people. Now since there is a lot of people, there is a lot more pollution(1:20) and whatever chemicals they use also end up in the water. Kathy: How long have you lived here? Baudilio: I have lived here for 7 years. Kathy: And where did you live before? Baudilio: I lived up there near San Fransisco (nearby town) (1:33) Kathy: But still near here? Baudilio: Yes, The little one lived here their whole life. The older kids were raised up there. Kathy: And before receiving the filter, and you had all those problems with the children’s health, how did that affect your life as a father?
We felt what we Salvadorians call Soplason (Bloated). everything is much different (2:18) Kathy: And you and your wife. we now live a better life. as the adults in the household. I had to buy and give them medicine more frequently. Now you can see that they are clearly healthier. There is a better environment. It is obvious with the children. they see what is really happening.Baudilio: I felt the need to be around them more and the desire to do everything I could to make them feel better. Our life has changed. We felt problems with our stomachs but not anymore. how was your life without the filter? Baudilio: Well we felt a lot of problems with our stomachs. Thank God. how has your life changed? Baudilio: Yes. did the lack of a filter affect you in any other way? Baudilio: Well overall no. But we couldn’t really see what was going on inside our bodies. Kathy: And you received a filter in January right? (3:33) Baudilio: mmm Kathy: Last January or May? Badilio: May Kathy: May? Baudilio: Yes May Kathy: Ever since the moment you received the filter. They are more high spirited. It is apparent that our environment has changed. Like when someone goes fumigating. they can feel fine but later on when they get sick. Kathy: In addition to your health. Kathy: It has to be hard with 15 right? Baudilio: Hahaha Yes. We feel much much healthier then before. You can’t realize something is wrong until you get sick. Kathy: How old is the oldest child? Baudilio: The oldest is 26 years old . 15 in the family. They play more. But it is clear that the filter has helped us.
We should help each other out. And overall. God knows our needs and that is why you are here and he is helping us through you. our water is very contaminated. It is a lot of work. Better. . Kathy: No longer do you constantly need to use the bathroom Baudilio: That is correct Kathy: Everything is better Baudilio: Yes. today she is 16 months old. We feel as a community very grateful. the same result. Baudilio: Yes of course. And we believe these filters will continue to help us a lot (6:24). It is going to take a little time. Kathy: This is a question I would like you to answer as sincerely as possible. It is rewarding but that is the way it should be. Kathy: How about the adults in the family? Baudilio: Yes. Because everything good is done through God. Salvadorians say we should always help each other out. Kathy: We hope to get to a point in which every household in the community has a filter. We are supposed to feel good about helping others. to your house and into your community? Baudilio: What I really believe is that this is a great blessing for our community. this project is great for our community. This trip we are only installing 18 filters. you are improving our health and the quality over water. We believe this is helping our community move forward. What do you think about our project? About us coming here to El Salvador. And we feel grateful because this was unexpected. The work is hard. You come on your vacation to work. I believe today is the 7th? Then yes. My overall Health has improved. we feel as though this project is very helpful. Because in reality. Therefore. we as a community are very grateful. The one who will be receiving a filter are also grateful since you are giving filters to people who do not have one. But you know that God made everything. we feel as though. it has improved. But you feel good about it. Kathy: (4:25) You have told me that the health of your family has improved. Baudilio: Yes. Because according to previous studies.Kathy: And the youngest? Baudilio: The second child? The last one? She is 16 months old. And I believe that can speak for everyone in how grateful we are.
Do you like the filter? Baudilio: Yes. And that’s why we as a community are grateful and we will continue to reap the benefits of the Filters (7:37). (when it is frequently cleaned) yes. When someone needs help.Kathy: Yes and this saying is seen alive in this community. To see what can be done about the cracked filters. Nobody is alone. Some are cleaning it too much and that causes problems. The person who came to check the filter was telling me that you are one of the few who are cleaning the filter the way it is supposed to be cleaned. And we are reaping the benefits now. Baudilio: Yes. Kathy: Here is a very basic question. It appears hat everyone who has a filter feels better overall. Baudilio: Yes to revise. Baudilio: That is correct. someone else is always there to help that person. Hahahaha Kathy: And that is why we would like to have a reunion with everyone. I like it and I wish it never breaks. so that they don’t deteriate. Baudilio: It becomes clear when the water flux becomes too slow. Someone will always be there to lend a hand in a time of need. Kathy: They Have seen what the filters can do. . The water does not drip as fast. But with that comes responsibility (yes yes) with taking care of it and I believe you guys are taking very good care of it (9:16). Kathy: To revise. It will take some time but it will happen Baudilio: (Nodding Agreeing) Kathy: Do you Share the filter with someone else? With Family? With friends? Baudilio: You mean share the water? Well usually its only for our family unless someone comes over and needs water but the filter is only used by our family. Its when the speed of the water is slowing down that one is supposed to clean it ( yes of course). Baudilio: To make sure they constantly work right. We are many. Kathy: Well there are plenty in the family Baudilio: Yes of course. make small fixes. Baudilio: Yes Kathy: We will eventually get to the point in which every household will have a filters. Kathy: The filter is yours and you can do whatever you would like with it.
(11:04) Baudilio: The children watch us use the filter and that is how they learn how to use the filter themselves.Kathy: Who is in charge of pouring water into the filter and making sure there is constantly water present in the filter? Baudilio: My wife (Do the Kids Help) Yes they help her. Kathy: Oh. it dries up so I would like to make the well deeper by digging more. And the children. Baudilio: Yes so that we can use it. I have a well that has water during the winter but it dries up during the summer. Kathy: Where do they get the water from? Baudilio: From the River. Kathy: You and your family. Baudilio: Yes. Kathy: That way you don’t have to go all the way to the river to get the water. Baudilio: Practicing you learn for sure (Laughs) Kathy: How many of the children are going to school? . we won’t have to go all the way down to the river to haul water. by watching things are learned (Laughs) Kathy: That is the way I learn best. I watch and then I practice. thats interesting. Like we Salvadorians say. They are learning by watching. yes from the river. Kathy: So that you can use it. We are digging a path for water to reach the well and we will continue to dig thus summer. You and your wife as the adults have taught each other how to use the filter and it appears that the filter is being used properly. do you teach them how to use the filter. Baudilio: Yes. Kathy: Do you know why that happens? Baudilio: There is no real path for the water to get to the well. They get the water my wife pours in the filter. (10:01) Kathy: Oh from the river? Baudilio: Yes.
But I don’t believe that filtered is being used. Kathy: We thought that in the church service was on Sunday and it turned out to be on Tuesday. Kathy: What we have been told is that during school recess. I think the filter has stopped working. Baudilio: To inspect it ok. So that… Baudilio: So that it continuous to function Kathy: Yes (12:20) Baudilio: So that It keeps working Kathy: But The water is not being used. Kathy: four Baudilio: Yes four Baudilio: Yes and three little ones that go to CDE (World Vision Program) Kathy: Oh so seven in all? Baudilio: Yes seven Kathy: Did you know that there is a filter in the school? Baudilio: There is a filter in the school Kathy: Did you already know this? Baudilio: Yes. . Have you went to inspect it? Or have you not yet gotten to it? Kathy: Yesterday that team went to inspect it. we also delivered the filter that went to the school.Baudilio: We have four children going to school. Baudilio: Yes the water is not being used. on the same date that I received my filter. Baudilio: oh Kathy: There is someone that adds water every so many days. There is also another filter in the church. the filter has not been used.
Kathy: Also Something that the principal of the school asked us give her was educational material for the children to learn about the filter. Kathy: That is why we are adding a second filter to the school Baudilio: Oh so there will be two in the school (13:34). From seven to eight very near here. Baudilio: Yes of course. Baudilio: So that they can learn better. Baudilio: Yes. they can learn about the filter by watching you and at school. (Baudilio: In the one down there alse?) Yes in La Hermosa. they can learn by reading the material. Kathy: How do you feel about the subject of teaching these children about the filter in school? Baudilio: I believe learning about the filter is important because the children begin to learn about how health works and what they need to do to stay healthy. Kathy: Here at home. It also teaches these children why it is important to drink filtered water and not just water from the river. Yes. Kathy: We have filter in two of the churches. it is important to have a filters in there. We brought little booklets and reading materials. Baudilio: Oh La Hermosa Kathy: We have noticed that since there are a lot of people that are in the churches.Baudilio: Tomorrow we will have mass. And this ensures they understand how to use the filter. Baudilio: Tonight there will be an Assemblea (This word translates to assembly but they were getting together to remember someone who had passed away 1 year ago on that day) It will very nice tonight. (Kathy: Oh) Yes it will begin at seven at night. so that they can drink the clean water. This education is also important because . This is good and very important so that the children can drink clean water. tomorrow we will have mass at 5pm (Tommorrow being Tuesday) Kathy: We would like to go and see how the community interacts and get to know the community better. This benefits children when they grow older.
Kathy: And another thing is children get to drink clean water at home and at school Baudilio: Of Course (15:20) Kathy: Many children do not who yet have a filter at home can at least drink water at school Baudilio: Yes they can drink water at school Kathy: When they get home… Baudilio: They have to drink the river water Kathy: You seeing how the filter works and how it is helping you and your family.not only does it teach children how to take care of a filter. Kathy: Does your wife cook for the workers? Baudilio: No she just cooks for the family Kathy: Ah Baudilio: They came here to buy some of my crops and we usually feed them. They also learn how to take care of other things at home. That is the way things are here. what have you learned from this project? Baudilio: 15:52 (I am unsure he knows what to say here so he is just mumbling words) In reality what I have learned is that this a great gift and act of kindness on your behalf and it really helps a lot of people. You like to be able to have a conversation with anyone (yes). yes to learn (17:24) Kathy: That helps Baudilio: Yes that Helps Kathy: You guys use the river to gather water correct? Baudilio: Yes yes . Kathy: What you told us at the house is that you like to share and talk with others. Baudilio: With anyone. We share what we have with each other. You can learn a lot from anyone but you have to speak to them first.
This is my way of life and I am currently passing it on to my children. when do they return to school? Baudilio: They will return January 15th. I also grow maicillo (A crop used to feed animals). Everyone has went to school. Kathy: That is why you have so much corn. and to also wash your clothes? Baudilio: Yes Kathy: Please elaborate on these activities Baudilio: In what way? Kathy: Ummm. to clean oneself. Kathy: The children. There are too many dishes to clean with the filtered water ( laughs) Kathy: What Is your job. to clean clothes and to wash dishes. All of the older girls have at least finished 9th grade. All this is made with the filtered water. Baudilio: there are three full containers and a bunch of sacs so the kids can eat (Laughs) 19:25 Kathy: How long have you been doing this for? Baudilio: Well you start in May when it rains and you harvest the crops in November and December. to bathe. Kathy: And do you like your job Baudilio: Yes it is my legacy. The water from the filter is just used to drink. And that is the way the whole community uses it. What do you do for a living? Baudilio: Ah what do I do for a living? I am a farmer.Kathy: You also use to wash dishes. Your wife says you go up a little Baudilio: Up from the bridge. a couple of (yards?) up the bridge. It is also used to cook some food like to cook beans and to make coffee. . Who is the one to wash the dishes and what part of the river do you do this. Thats the job I do every day. I am educating them in the field of agriculture and I also send them to school. That river is used to bathe. I grow corn.
. Kathy: Oh. My older daughter lives up there on the other side of the river. For us it is very important that the filters recipients are elected by people in the community. Kathy: Tell her to speak to Dominga because she has the list and the order in which the filters will be delivered. they ended school towards the end of November. It is also important for people to go to the meetings and then to help us in the construction process. Kathy: And I am assuming your wife stays home with your daughter. And so many of them have come to help us in order to keep themselves entertained. It is also good to contribute. my kids help me work. and when did classes end? Baudilio: In November. (Laughs) The older boys help our a lot. It is not nice to just receive. What do you think about us. The amount of work with you do is little and it is definitely worth the benefits of the filter. Kathy: We have noticed that the children around where we live have nothing to do. Kathy: I am happy to hear that you realize this. It is very expensive and it no one could get that filter with just eight dollars. I wanted to ask you your thoughts on the fair skinned Americans. What do the children usually do during their vacation? Baudilio: When school is not in session. The younger ones simply spend their time playing (20:51). From what I have observed. Baudilio: No she stays here alone. Baudilio: Of course. the filter only costs eight dollars and the actual worth of that filter is not just eight dollars. Because that is what is important: That everyone contributes. She wants to get one but I think she will have to wait for the next time you all visit.Kathy: The 15th. She is the oldest Kathy: That’s great Baudilio: The other one lives up there. it was delivered yesterday. and what is your daughter’s name? Baudilio: Her name is Elvira DeJesus (oh) Gudiera Alberto. Kathy: And does your daughter have a filter? Baudilio: Yes. She does not have a filter.
Yes he came on the last trip. you give us a lot of love and specially toward the children. We are all one people. We know we are brothers since we are from the same country. Kathy: (26:55) Anything else you would like to say? Baudilio: Only that I am very grateful that you have chosen to come to this place. we feel good about having you all here and we feel that when you guys come.(Kathy: He came on the last trip). the Ginfos are coming back (Laughs). “No one gives what they do not have. And that we are in this splendid morning that God has given us. And we are willing to give you what little we have. In the few days I have been here. help us and then we wait for you to come back.” You have to give from what you have. When she discussed this trip with me you could see the passion she has for this project. Everyone is the same even the Americans and the Whites and the South Americans. We can also see that we have mutual feelings for each other. We feel Good. You guys come. I don’t see a difference between anyone. We go and get you and take you back and visit you and it makes us happy to see you. Like the word of God says. She does not want to think about it because she has fallen in love with this community. you have ben very patient with me and all of my questions. I feel the same love for everyone. And you obviously care about us because the work you do helps you guys as engineers and it helps us. She wants the best for you all. Seeing you all here visiting makes us all happy. And that is the Salvadorian way. More toward you (Kathy). Kathy: This is kelly’s last trip and she does not want to think about the last day because she is realizing that she will not return. . Thank you very much for speaking with us. Kathy: And we are over there counting the days when we will come back. You are all such nice people to us and we are here invading your homes. And Like I said before. Kathy: Well Thank you very much. I feel as though we are a family. there is friendship. We have a beautiful sun and the fact that we are here in family. And we are all very grateful. He graduated now and that is why he did not come but we became friends with him. We say. What I think and feel when I see you all is like seeing another brother. I feel good seeing you guys and I feel a special appreciation for all of you. Not one is greater then the other. We are friends with everyone. Last time Juan Carlos came. We can come back but she will be raduating. Everywhere you go here. You are all always looking for ways to help us. I have begun to feel exactly the same way.Baudilio: Well In the way I am (Us the Americans) God the father of everyone has created all of us equally. Jacob came last time and the other tall kid. Baudilio: When get happy when we hear you are coming back. Baudilio: Yes the Salvadorian Culture is that way.
I sincerely thank you for your presence here. I wish you all the best in your studies and with your families.Kathy: Well I am Salvadorian Baudilio: Hahahaha that’s what we say. There are 15 yes (laughs) but I feel that I would want even more. I feel grateful to have my children. And may god be closer to you in your trip back home and in your studies. And may God protect you. We feel very happy to have you and I know that this project helps now and will continue to help us. And that is how we feel and we want to say thank you. It is a great gift to have a family. Baudilio: We feel as though through this we are becoming closer. Kathy: Thank you too. To feel happy about the place you go to visit. It is also important for the people receiving you to be happy. . We say everyone is a gringo that comes. It feels good to have you here and it feels good for you to visit so we are on the same page. And I wish that God may accompany you all more and more. And this is all a wonderful thing. That is important. the gringos are coming.
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