Shimo La Tewa School ~ Water Well # 1 – 18 July 2010
After several cleared hurdles and a few hours of despair, we were successful in circulating the mud out of the bore hole, “fishing” the larger blockages out, and re-installing the pump, piping and wellhead … and re-storing the water flow!
This well had been dry for over 11 months. The school administrators, the Shimo community, and of course the children were ecstatic … They repeatedly thanked us for coming back the second and third day … staying with the project until success was accomplished … an interesting perspective and a reflection of what possibly is not a “normal” behavior of either some Westerners, or some Kenyans, or both … maintenance does not have the sizzle but it does create the sustainability which is so vital.
Now headed back to Dallas … after what now seems like such a short stay. One trip is indeed a short experience but we have learned so much about so many … the country, the beauty, the extreme needs, the situations, the challenges, the opportunities, and the people.
We will be returning to Kenya; there's more water needs to be met !