We spent the entire day trying to resolve our filter pack (the material that goes between the borehole wall and the PVC casing) dilemma. We spent the first half of the day breaking large rocks into pea-size rocks. Hours of hammering rocks resulted in only half a gallon of pea-size gravel. We wanted 10 gallons, … More Rocks vs Shells
Every time we cover up our boreholes for the night, we repeat to the locals (especially kids) “no poo poo, no pee pee” which seems to be universal even though the Ngobe people speak a dialect very different from Spanish (and English!). The people always giggle about it, but it is a very reasonable request … More No poo poo. No pee pee.
I have been quite the slacker in terms of keeping you all updated on what I have been doing lately regarding water-related projects. Sorry! I travelled to Grand Rapids, MI for an international development conference a few weeks ago. I took a course for certification in disaster response building inspection for earthquake and flood damaged … More What can YOU do with a bicycle tire?
I am leaving Kampala today. I finished my final lab tests with the doctor and have been given a new series of antibiotics to take care of some uninvited guests living in my tummy (gross!). I will be getting on a bus for Iganga in about twenty minutes to visit the site and check on … More Leaving Kampala!
I just had a chance to see all of the comments posted – thanks so much! They made me laugh, smile and feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. Enjoy the photos : ) Complete well and hand pump in Kaloko village (first project in the district of Bukedea) Picking what I thought was … More Free wifi means you all get photos!
Message from Caitlin: “The borehole for the new well at the orphanage reached a dept of 65 ft then collapsed. It took the strength of 7 men but thankfully we were able to pull the drill and 60 feet of extenders out of the collapsed borehole. We decided to refocus our efforts to the old … More Collapsed Borehole and a Sick Day
Message from Cait: “We might have set a Hydromissions record – 33′ in one day! It is at least a record for me & for Cyrus. We have far to go but at least we’re off to a great start!” Update: “David (American Trainee) left yesterday to head back to the states. Washington (Ugandan Trainee) … More Progress…or lack thereof
Message from Cait: Current project is at an orphanage. There is a 50′ borehole with a hand pump but it only produces 120 liters of water per day – not nearly enough for 100 kids! It is so sad to watch those kids work so hard at pumping just to get a trickle of water. … More Drilling for the kids…
Message from Cait: Persevered through hard material all day. Hit water at 15′. Drilled down to case borehole at 22′! Latrine construction next challenge. All is well. Food is good.
Message from Cait: “All is well! Made it to Bukedea. Thatched huts and very remote just like i like! We walk everywhere and the huts are spaced quite well. I love it. The hut i live in is 5 star. I even have a door! No snakes yet. I was pulled aside as the team … More First message from Cait