There has been considerable silence on the blog lately, its mostly due to the fact that our current project in Zimbabwe is coming to and end on Wednesday. There is so much to be done and we have been putting in long hours of site visits and planning that when we are finally home the last thing I want to do is sit in front of a computer and write. Mostly, I just want to lay flat and watch episode after episode of Nurse Jackie until I drift off to sleep. Which if I’m honest it’s about 1.5 episodes if I’m lucky.
K with our neighbor boy who is wearing a paper chain crown
But I have been documenting these last few weeks in pictures and have many funny stories that will certainly come out later. But I did want to share quickly about my Saturday morning project. One of the projects that Medair has been working to complete is a rain water harvesting project with 12 schools in the Gokwe North area. Each school has 2 to 3 tanks that are connect to gutters attached to the school buildings. During the rainy season each school collects enough clean water from its roof top for all its students and teachers to drink and wash their hands.
Another beautiful day in Gokwe
I spoke with one of the headmaster’s this past week and he told me that due to the rain water harvesting system his school has received that they are now able to attract qualified teachers to come and teach the students. Before the water tanks, he had a very hard time getting good qualified teachers to come to his school. But now with the source of clean water teachers now want to come and teach, which has increased the quality of education that the students are receiving, along with the clean water they also get from the water tanks. Its really great to hear how these rain water harvesting tanks are improving the schools, teachers, and student’s lives.
Rain water harvesting tanks
But back to my Saturday morning project. Each of the tanks are to have a branding plate naming the funding partner (USAID) and the implementing partner (Medair). So we ordered large stickers to be placed on metal sheets, which will be attached to each tank. My job Saturday morning, along with my colleague was to place each sticker on the metal sheet. As the daughter of a label salesman I was born to do this job. I can remember when my Dad would bring home boxes of labels to be placed for a special project he was working on at work. I remember sitting and watching TV placing labels on whatever it was that needed them for that particular project. I loved it. I loved feeling apart of what my Dad was doing and knowing that I had an important part of him completing his project. (Plus he also paid us a few cents for every label we placed)
Surrounded by stickers and metal plates
So I was quite content to spend the morning (just a few hours) placing the stickers on the metal sheets and wishing my Dad with his steady hands were here to help me with my project. Life always seems to come full circle. All 33 stickers were placed successfully and are ready to be attached to each tank.
Stickers in the sunlight
This week is shaping up to be another really busy week to complete our project. But on a high note we are having a project ending party… and I am the decorating committee. I’ve got two words for you… paper chains. I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures of all the decorations and the party!