The generator house near the Mbinudita school was started yesterday by remodeling the school kitchen to make it more feasible and can be used more optimally. Electricity from this generator will run a pump that draws water from a well below the school’s high hill and then pushes it to two ferrocement reservoirs, near the well and on the hill near the school.
We discussed with residents about the division of tasks and work priorities. The hilly and steep contours of Mbinudita, especially around the drilled wells, made the construction of the ferrocement reservoir the toughest challenge, and we agreed to prioritize this. After that, we will dig for electricity poles and pipes.
The building materials started arriving, and we hauled them down the hill for 100-200 meters. Everyone is excited, ladies and gentlemen, old and young, anyone. Mbinudita’s mothers even held buckets of sand and cement on their heads while singing to keep their spirits up. Some slipped and fell, but quickly got back up for the sake of the ideals and longing for access to water. And because of this collaboration, we were able to start laying the foundation for the ferrocement reservoir near the drilled well.
We also had a nobar event, watching a video about the construction of the Mbinudita school in one of its classrooms. Feelings of joy, emotion, and pride mingled into one. Like a reminder that to move forward there must be hard work together, give suggestions and intervene so that the results can later be enjoyed by everyone for a healthier life, and a better future.