It’s been tough to get a strong enough cell signal to update recently, so here is a continuation from the last post about Uganda (Down Goes the Pipe). After leaving the Rosser family with my new awesome rock breaking tool that they welded from the leafspring, I spent 11 hours on buses and got to … More Bulldozer
For three days, we tried to break out that rock and for three days, we chipped away at it, pulled out buckets of soil and rock pieces and yet, we did not progress past 87′. The fact that we have an 87′ borehole is exciting for me – it’s the deepest I’ve drilled to date! … More Down goes the pipe!
We finished the Rain Water Catchment (Plan “B”) project in Butenga! It took about a week and a half to get the material to the site, but only three days to complete the work. Planning and scheduling can be quite difficult in the field. The town, Luweero, that we go to for most of the … More Rain, rain, please STAY!
Remember how we were slowly chipping away at the rocks in Butenga? Our daily routine looked like this: Drill, get stuck on a rock, hand-dig out the rocks, shovel them into a bucket to be dumped outside of the pit. Find softer soil, drop the drill into the pit (thinking that perhaps we had passed … More Plan “B”
4 (or 5) countries in 2 months. Lots of projects ahead of me! … More My Next 4 (0r 5) Countries
I wanted to share some stories from my trip to Uganda. Below is about an awesome young woman, Jennifer Kragt. After I finished the two Hydromissions projects, I took a day-long bus ride to visit my friend and check out her region for future drilling opportunities. When I arrived in Soroti, I was picked up … More Her Heart Beats for Karamoja
This is a my attempt at sharing some more photos and stories from Uganda. It is a weak start but these will get better! No matter how long my trip – whether it is 1 week or 8 weeks – my “luggage” is always the same. One single backpack. I tease my trainees that come … More Where is my pillow?!
My original flight would have brought me home very late tonight, but I was able to hop on an earlier flight once I got back to Kampala. P.S. My first breakfast in the States: brownies in chocolate ice cream! Such a healthy start! Arua to Kampala was an 8 hour bus ride. I was excited … More Home!
So, Uganda is one of the countries where everyone drives on the left side of the road. Besides almost getting hit by just about every moving vehicle during my time here, I also found that walking on the left side is odd for me to process. Not in a general sense – people weave all … More I have to learn how to walk on the left side of the road!
So, why did we generally walk or take a boda (motorbike) the two-ish miles between our host house and the orphanage in Iganga?…because otherwise we’d spend 30 minutes trying to get the truck through the narrow gate (Isaac hardly ever made it through the gate on the first try so we’d have to push the … More I saw a wild animal…other than vultures, rats, giant worms, lizards and spiders (finally!)