Thursday, January 24, 2008
We have made it to another internet café and have a little more time to tell about our adventures. We were hoping to upload some daily journal entries and pictures and the computers seem to be cooperating. This morning we traveled to Bakang for the first time. The hand pump in the village square is still in operation and it appears to now be a main source of water for the community. We were also very curious about new power lines running along the major roads. As far as we have been able to tell, they were promised during a recent election and several homes were connected with power. We walked up to the school and and were quickly overwhelmed by the children. After speaking with the teachers we began to walk away, but the children had not lost their interest in us yet. We decided to make the best of the situation and measured the size of the roof. We had a lot of help. We also travelled to the southernmost region of Bakang, and began water quality testing of some hand dug wells. In addition to one well that was tested last trip, we were led to four more. Each person we met has given warm welcomes and has been extremely helpful. We will be meeting with the community tomorrow in what will be an overwhelming experience. Now it is time to buy a bucket.