Archive - November, 2008

Week 8-3: Bore Hole and Maasai Land Round 2

Last Tuesday, I was told we were going on a trip to see a bore hole on which AEE was working.  So, we hopped in the van and were off to Suswa (the knowledge of the name of the place we were going did not provide me much help because it wasn’t on my map, but I thought that would just add to the adventure). I learned Suswa is in Maasai land and about 3 hours outside Nairobi.  When we got there we didn’t arrive at the bore hole, but at the enormous tank in which the water is stored.  It has 4 compartments that all work independent from each other, so if 1 breaks they can use the other 3 and work on the broken 1. The water is piped in from 2 bore holes which were quite a distance away in opposite directions.

The Tank

From Maasai

Foxfires, William (my boss), and I on top of the Tank

From Maasai

We had to visit with the chief of the region to discuss the pipes we were putting down, but his dad was sick and so he had gone to town to slaughter a goat, then when we got to town he had gone back home so the bore hole leader left the foxfires and I in Suswa and we had some down time which was nice. We just sat in Suswa for a while.

Children in town who kept following me

From Maasai

The chief was found and discussed so we headed home.

On our way home, we stopped at another bore hole project which had been completed. I made a video of it for your viewing pleasure:

There was a very small child who was following us and finally asked one of the foxfires to meet me. I leaned down and asked “what’s your name?” to which he responded “give me a pen!” I told him I didn’t have a pen and he left, but in the video he makes a cameo for fun.

That’s all for now.  Have a great day!
RTQ

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