Friday, August 22, 2014

The Makings of Our Water Pump (A Pictorial)

This much-needed water pump took nearly two years of blood, sweat and tears to become a reality! Here's a look at what it took to get here:

The machine and I! They say third time's the charm and it was in our situation. My school hired our third contractor to construct our pump. He began work on my birthday in July. It was a nice birthday gift. 

We hired women in the village to help collect water for the contractors. The contractors used these drums of water to soften the ground. Made it easier for them to work.

Here is another look at the machine.

Contractors worked day and night. They'd start drilling the bore hole around 6 a.m. and end around 11 p.m. Here is one of the men drilling the bore hole. It was freezing as hell!

They drilled about 60 meters down.

This blue soil means that the contractors found water, which bodes well for us.

Teachers had to attach the hand to the pump, in order for it to work properly. 

Re na le metsie! (We have water!) Teachers are using the pump for the first time!!!

We have to lock this bad boy up at the end of the day because we have "haters." Not that we're Jesus or anything but people out here get jealous anytime you succeed, especially in these villages, so we had to get a lock to protect our pump.

Students are washing  their hands with the pump.

Again, we thank you all for helping us to help ourselves. Your support of our craft project helped us to put up the $500 USD Peace Corps required from us for the pump. Thank you again!!!!

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