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“One finger cannot pinch the louse.”


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When I began this blog I thought obtaining a grant to dig a well at Oltorotua was imminent, or at least in the near future.  If you have followed me this far, you know I have been very honest about how naive I was!  I had no sense of the project’s complexity and no idea how long working thru the myriad details would take.  I doubt Jackson and the villagers did either!

I hardly know what to tell folks who want to contribute or help, except that the project is progressing but veerrrr-y slowly.  Here is Jackson’s latest e-mail, in reply to well-guru Steve’s request for dimensions of available blocks:  “The blocks’ dimensions that you are looking for are available(4, 6, 8 Inches). I asked the mason and confirmed with block buildings. The nearest block mine is about 60 Kilometres from the village.” (The distance is a little over 37 miles of very bumpy roads.)

Why, you may ask, do we need the dimensions of cement blocks for a well?  The blocks are not for the well, but for the latrines.  For health and sanitation, building latrines when digging a well makes the most sense.  Phyllis, a retired professor friend in health education services from Towson University, is searching her contacts for a group that can provide training in sanitation and maintenance procedures.  (If you know of such a group, please let me know.)  I have mentioned other friends who are helping–Steve, Judy, Barbara, Tibby, my husband Carl, DorotheaClare.  Which reminds me of an old Maasai saying Jackson sent me several years ago:  “One finger cannot pinch the louse.” (Everybody needs other people in life — Unity leads to success.)

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