The Air Compressor


Team’s air compressor

This air compressor was also donated to the Kythera WCC Team by the German Aid Organisation “Brot für die Welt” and arrived at Kythira in 1961. Fortunately this machine stood on wheels and could be tractor-pulled to all remote places on the island.


1962 tractor and air compressor


1962 private car and air compressor


Pvc pipes had been donated by a Dutch manufacturer for community water supply in the villages Logothetianika, Potamos and Karavas in 1962. In these three villages local people dug the required trenches to the plans made by Koksma and as approved by governmental authorities. The four civil engineering students from Holland supervised the work that locations and depth of trenches was adhered to and installed also the pvc pipes. The house connections were done later by local plumbers.

Potamos got its community water years later only after a drill for artesian water had been successful near Logothetianika in 1966 and the required connecting pipes had been installed.

Logothetianika got its water already in August 1963.

Karavas got its water from a spring below Diakopoulianika, from where it was pumped up.



1962 Diakopoulianika trench digging


Diakopoulianika Karavas 1962 water supply
Diakopoulianika Karavas, 1962 water supply, a helping hand from the local children


In Mylopotamos the construction for the home economic school for girls had started in July 1964. Excavations in hard and rocky soil was necessary for the column footings and the interconnecting foundation beams.



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Mylopotamos July 1964. Summer campers at work; air compressor standing at right top side.


At Paleopolis for a proposed irrigation project a location 1500 m inland of river Peristerionas was indicated by a governmental hydrologist to excavate a 1000 m3 water reservoir. A summer camp from Holland with 30 youth started this excavation July 1965. The subsoil was very hard and needed first to broken-down by jack hammer. This project was cancelled after torrential rains in October and November had caused the excavation to be filled with rubble by a huge river flood.



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1965 Paleopolis, irrigation project. A large deep pit was excavated.


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1965 teasing girl at break summer camp. Panagiotis o Psilos with sunglasses and air compressor


A provisional path existed from Viaradika joining the road from Fratsia to Paleopolis near the church Agios Vasilios. A little above the two workmen the air compressor is located, the path should be widened towards the existing narrow bridge over a deep gorge.

1965 Rural road from Agios Kosmas to Viaradika, widening the road


Livadi 1966: After the bulldozer had left, the air compressor was needed for the finishing touch in the excavation for the water tank for the community water project. August 6 in 1969 this project was officially opened.



1966 Livadi community project 1966


In Mylopotamos the air compressor did help a Dutch summer camp to dig trenches for pvc pipes from a water source to the village centre in 1967. This project was finished in November by local people.



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Mylopotamos community water project 1967.


Fratsia got its community water project in 1968. Again, youth from The Netherlands came to do the digging for the trenches in which to install the pvc pipes.

By now 6 villages between 1962 and 1968 had been provided with a complete community water system by the Koksma Team. Early 1969 also Kapsali and Kalamos partially got their community water with pvc pipes.


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Mylopotamos 1967 water project. Panagiotis o Psilos with the jack hammer.


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Teams air compressor to dig in rocky soil


The Koksma-Team was discontinued after September 1971.

By then the Mylopotamos school was officially opened and also the construction of the old peoples home in Potamos was finished.

In the Kythera Summer Edition 2017 I read an article about a worn and old automobile that stood rusting away in an orchard. In the last sentence of this article appeared the name Panagiotis Kasimatis (Karinos). When I asked him about this article he told me that he also owned the old air compressor that once belonged to Koksma’s Team. He took us to have a look at this now nearly 60 years old piece of equipment.



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2017 Jean Bingen and Panagiotis Kasimatis (Karinos) and the air compressor


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Jean Bingen 2017


The lettering Παγκόσμιον Συμβούλιον των Εκκλησιών which had been stencilled on in large capitals in 1965 had totally faded away.


Other equipment: the bulldozer and the jeep.

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