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Wells and Wellies

rain 14 °C

It was an awfully wet day. Supposedly this area has had a drought till this summer, but its definitely not in drought anymore. Everyone was making the obvious joke about the Scot being used to the weather, but I didn't see the funny side from under my bedraggled hair-nest.

Instead of digging a well, I think we should have been building an ark. The mud reminded me of what I had heard of the conditions in the WW1 trenches. Yes, it was miserable. Later on, many of us reverted to wearing bin bags (trash bags here) over our coats as well which made people look like gigantic vampire bats. A few of the guys were covered in big yellow rain jackets as though they were fishermen off the West coast ofScotland.

I didn't enjoy my day at all. We were "developing" the well - which meant trying to clean the water down the pipe and trying to encourage water from the surrounding soil to enter the well more readily to encourage a better water yield. It was physically hard work.
We then started to put the pump and handle together to finish off the well. I will not look at a hand pump in Africa or wherever the same again. Maybe I was tired, but I found it complicated. There is a lot to remember and it doesn't help when I am also learning how to use tools like pipe wrenches or how to tie a good knot. Maybe I should have done boy scouts when I was younger.

This place is definitely teaching me a lot in a week. It is pretty incredible to be learning this stuff alongside other fascinating people who have all got wonderful visions. Many of them want to show the love of God to others that are less priviledged by bringing clean water. The 2 guys from Pennsylvania (PA) that I am sharing a cabin with are hoping to go out to Kenya (near where Em and I are heading to) to train up locals in this types of well - drilling so they can start up their own businesses to help their communities. The trainers are also incredible people who are doing their jobs because they love it and don't mind staying till 10pm or later to help us.

I would encourage anyone who is thinking about going abroad to do work in developing countries in medicine or community programmes or water and sanitation, this is a brilliant place to come. (They are not paying me to say this - but maybe I'll see if they can give me a discount). They have a variety of programmes that have an excellent reputation - check out their website - http://www.equipinternational.com/ if you get a chance and are interested. They certainly work you hard enough, though, unfortunately.

Posted by africraigs 19:44

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