Living in the middle of Africa and trying to add pictures to this blog is presenting with a challenge. I have spent the last hour trying to add one single picture which would explain my challenges with water. Let start with this morning… I woke up and wanted to wash my face, opened the tap and out came nothing. No water. I was more than a little surprised.  I tried the other tap in my house in the kitchen but no water.

So, lets start with the fact, Kibaale does not have any infrastructure. No water pipes. Most individuals carry large yellow plastic container down to the river for all their water needs. But for those on the Kibaale Community Centre compound someone many years ago, came up with a very ingenious idea of collecting rain water in very large black reservoirs. Some of these reservoirs are as large as a small  house.  Above a number of the large reservoirs are 50 gallon drum. When there is electricity water is pumped from the storage reservoir to the 50 gallon drums. Now, when I turn on my tap….the water flows from the 50 gallon drum into my sink via gravity.

My problem this morning was no electricity and no knowledge of where the power switch was to turn on the pump to fill the 50 gallon drum with water from the reservoir.

Well, in short, it took three of us and three hours to find the power switch, put the generator on so the pump could do its job and pump water up to the 50 gallon drum. In Africa everything takes time. I learned where the switch is, how to pump water and who to ask if something goes wrong. I may have wanted to wash my face but I had a lesson on how to get water. Much more important that washing my face. It may have been a challenging morning…. but I had to laugh at all the various checks which had to be done to verify that  water was actually being pumped into the 50 gallon drums. Some how a faucet had to be turned on…. which no one seemed to know about.

In Canada and the USA many of us take water for granted but here in Kibaale that is not the case. Please pray for a soft gentle shower to bring down the heat, take down the dark red dust and refresh the land.

 

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