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Published: January 18th 2013
The Imam woke us as usual for early morning prayers. Reminds me to connect with God and do the same. Plus once the noise begins, there is no hope for sleep. After the Imam, there are birds, and then the 'start of the day' with people bustling and beginning to do what they do. I love it here but admit to looking forward to returning home in 6 days. We are headed to Bweranyange today and I am excited to see if Headmistress Sophia can meet with me about the needs assessment. President Kikwete, President of Tanzania, was supposed to meet with the bishop today but could not. Picked up Sam enroute to Bweranyange and had a nice talk with him on the way. He has a good vision for development in Karagwe and hopes for advancing his education. Picked up silicone and paint. Worked on the solar panel and put water in the pasteurizer tank. Played cards at the Donado with the students. Bweranyange Solar Build
It was rainy and cloudy so George and Sam set up a tarp to shield the panel work. At first, the tubing was put in the panel too tightly and had to
be redone; then it was put too loosely and had to be redone again. Finally got it the right tension and put the panel in place - slightly slanted toward the sun - 22 degrees if I remember correctly. In preparation for the first test, the students were going to fill the tank with water. Ann insisted she be the one dumping the pails and hopped up the ladder to the tank. The guys handed her the pails and she dumped them all in - all except the last one that spilled when she dropped it. Not sure how the testing goes from this point on. About 4:30 George said, "the sun is gone" and we needed to head back. I am not sure exactly happened today on site. It seems as though things are coming to a close and we will know in a short time, how the water will test out with the purification from the pasteurizer.
We stopped at the Bishop's office to upload a photo to the website. Andre had promised people at St. Thomas (and we had promised our families) that we would communicate every other day or so. With limited connection, Andre was
not able to do so. I couldn't help but wonder if people back home were concerned. It took 20 minutes to upload a photo so Andre left it at that. At dinner we were graced with a large group from Denmark who sat where we normally do in the dining room. Kind of like church when someone else steals your seat. Ha! It was good to hear their friendly chatter and laughing. Our group headed to the Donado for a cool soda and beer for some. We had a good game of cards as usual.
Take me to the Educate Tanzania website.
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