We met with Michael Ropieka who is with the NGO Wellemet International and went
out into the bush country to see how a hand-dug borehole is done. It was quite
interesting but OH MY GOODNESS! I don't know how much those men get paid, but I
am sure it is not enough. It is very hard work. Don recognized the apparatus they are
using as something his grandfather used in Kansas in the 1950's. On our way back
down this very narrow pot-hole filled "road" we passed a group of children outside of a
hut. Michael slammed on the brakes and said "I have to get a picture of that for my
girls". There was a young woman about 12 years old holding a baby monkey. It was
very small. I asked where the mother was and was told "in a pot". I asked the girl what
she feeds the baby and she said "milk". Don took pictures.
After leaving the hand-dug borehole site we went to see how someone is going into
business for himself by drilling a well and then pumping the water high up in the air into
a Milla Tank and then below the tank he has opened a KiosK and is selling water. He
has a complete purification system. So far he has only opened one Kiosk and it is
making money for him. He has sites for a couple of more. It seems like a very
reasonable business. Don is excited about his whole plan and has made it part of his
presentation to communities requesting our help for water.
From here we went to the Kambo Secondary School and asked Michael if his team
could drill a hand-dug borehole (well) at this site. We walked the area and Michael felt
comfortable that we could find a suitable site,. A hand-dug borehole costs $5,000 USD
to drill versus a mechanically drilled borehole that costs $40,000 USD.
Then we went out to During Town to visit a broken well that the church built over 5
years ago. We will put in a project for that.