The End in Sight???
Trip Start Nov 21, 2007
8Trip End May 20, 2008
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The river level has dropped substanitally, more than 1 meter in most parts, but the camps remain full and should remain so for another 2-3 months. We have finished work in 3, and now move on to 2 more. I have built lots of. latrines, some of. them creatively raised above the ground to avoid a high groundwater level. We've cleaned wells, set up systems to pump water to taps, and in some areas transport water by truck to tank and tapstand systems that we have set up
I love the work but it is exhausting, both physically and mentally. The worst part is that we have a lack of. staff - I hire a lot of. daily workers for simple tasks, and these types of. workers are easy to find...but people with any technical skill are few and far between. I finally received Paulino, a water technician, who was sent here to work for 3 weeks with me, which raises my number of. staff to a whopping 4...also I manage 3 public health promoters who are also stretched thin, but we supplement these numbers by training people in the camps to do some work and monitoring themselves.
Some of. the camps are great to work in, the people are amazing and are willing to give so much of. their time and energy to contribute to the success of. the projects. Others are unwilling to do anything without being paid for every little small labor that is needed. I deal with community leaders and government officials who are extremely helpful and organized, and others who try to take advantage of. us and with whom I begin and end the day arguing with.
About 10 days ago a reporter from Spain was here to see some of
Overall the work here is extremely interesting and I love working with my staff, even if lack of. resources/transport/money/knowledge is sometimes extremely frustrating. But hopefully the worst of. the flooding is over and in a couple of. months things will be under control...in the meantime we keep working in the camps, doing the best we can.