Friday, February 16, 2007
Finally!! You cannot believe how excited, relieved and surprised everyone is that the well diggers have finally hit water. At 5.5 meters the finally hit the water table. It being the dry season this is good because that will only increase throughout the year. Already today they have begun pouring the lining of the well (concrete between the dirt and an interior formwork) and after that is complete they will sink another three meters hopefully below the water level (pour free floating culverts that sink down as they dig deeper). Hopefully within two weeks we will have a fully functioning Inkar Hand pump to service all construction on the site. In the meantime we have a "bowsa" or water tank that we will have filled each day to supply the foundation block makers. Also today we have ordered twenty loads of sand to the site which will hopefully last us several months. On monday I plan to go to Freetown to purchase tools and organize for various non-local materials to be shipped to Kabala. By mid-week we hope to be laying out the foundations. Now I am off to Foria, a village 56 miles away or so where there is a big celebration for the Christian Reformed Church in Sierra Leone this weekend. Pray for safe travels on my first real test with the Honda!