The bus had a flat tire on the way to Mbarara. Because of course it did!
Having worked and lived in developing countries, I’m (reasonably) immune to the frustrations that come with the life: tons of bureaucracy, weird priorities (ie when we lived in Nicaragua, we could have built a 3rd story on our hotel with virtually no oversight, but if we didn’t add the mosquito pellet to our well in a timely fashion, the health inspector from MINSA would come sit with a police officer in our rancho until we did!), and lots and lots of waiting.
While patience isn’t my strong suit, I’m used to this kind of thing. THERE.
But when it’s on this side of the pond, WOW, do I lose my mind!
The good news:
They found a great spot to drill the well AND a cooperative land owner. The team from Ssewak Engineering Solutions is traveling to Rwakobo as I type this, and the drilling starts tomorrow!
The frustrating part was getting the money to Gideon to pay Ssewak, and getting the money to Ronald to be on the road at 5am this morning with the media team. It took ALL.DAY.LONG. (Normally, sending money to Ronald using the SendWave app is instantaneous, and bank wires aren’t supposed to take 8 hours to get sent!)
SO WHERE ARE WE NOW?
Ronald, Monica, and Fauza have arrived in Mbarara and are doing some filming at Hopeland School this afternoon. We are working on more video for our new Sister Schools initiative, as well as some DonorSee projects.
The bank wire is in cyberspace somewhere, but should be available by the time work starts tomorrow.
Our team will be out at the drill site for the whole process – including when they hit water and it shoots high into the sky. I would so love to be there for that!
By Sunday or Monday, we should have a complete, finished, deep water well providing clean water to the over 3000 people in Rwakobo village!!
Many of you helped us with project with your hard earned money, with encouragement, and with cheers of celebration. As the surveyor has traversed the village with community leaders, Gideon, and others, the universal sentiment is, “We NEVER believed this would happen for us! They forgot us…“
But the forgotten are our specialty and our heart, and we know they’re yours as well. We can’t thank you enough!
PS With the Term 2 now underway, we have several new projects (and some older ones that still need funding!) on DonorSee. Check them out, forward the link to people you know, and/or say a prayer for them to be funded. All it makes a difference!