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The Elders Find Out the Process


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Actually writing a grant is one major piece of gaining a well for Oltorotua.  Building the well is a second piece.  But a third piece is organizing for  sustainability.

In other words, we want the project to live on, to provide water to the village for many years.  That means having the village residents invested in the plan from the beginning, willing to provide help as possible in digging it and the construction of the needed latrines, and in long-term repairs and maintenance.  Without investment by the people who use it, the project is, sadly, doomed to failure.  (As an English teacher, I learned quickly that I could preach but not teach students who didn’t care.  Same deal here!)

Jackson has been enthusiastic since Day One.  He has done all the legwork needed to move the project along.  From the first he has explained to the village elders what the general plans are and enlisted their support.  So they were excited to greet Dan Odero and learn more.

Below is a photo of the village elders, most in western clothes but several in traditional Maasai garb, meeting Dan (on far right).  Jackson is in front, wearing a blue shirt.

More in a few days about the results of the meeting!  Things are moving!  And the people of Oltorotua are helping make it happen.

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