Alum balls in the sun

Getting Stuff Done

The past few days have been all about getting stuff done- despite some setbacks- it was all about progress. After the elders meeting we headed back into Tamale and picked up three blue drums and a other supplies like locks, metal chains and keys. We kept the blue drums at GILLBT overnight so we wouldn’t get pulled over by the police for having them on the roof. This way we were ready to go on Tuesday morning to train the women on the first steps about the business.

Blue drums on our taxi before we leave for Kpanshegu in the morning

Blue drums on our taxi before we leave for Kpanshegu in the morning

First we had to set up the blue drums and transport the dugout water into the blue drums. I was horrible at balancing buckets on my head- so most of the heavy lifting was done by everyone else.

Hard work isn't always pretty. Aly was great at balancing buckets on her head. Me not so much.

Hard work isn’t always pretty. Aly was great at balancing buckets on her head. Me not so much.

Entrepreneurs from Kpanshegu aluming the dugout water.

Entrepreneurs from Kpanshegu aluming the dugout water.

We trained the entrepreneurs on the alumn-ing of the dugout water, which was fun. Alumn is a flocculating agent when cleaning drinking water. Flocculating is the science-y word for making the solid particles fall to the bottom of the blue bins. This gets the dirt to separate and then we can deal with the bacteria and e.coli. We allowed the alum process to take a few hours before moving onto the next step.

Alum balls in the sun

Alum balls in the sun

A container with dugout water Water after it's been alum-ed.

Water after it’s been alum-ed.

Moving onto the next day- we picked up our polytank. On this day our team lead, Wahab was sick- so we spent the day with Shak (another great team lead). We picked up our polytank and then went on to clean it the next day.The polytank we bought was called the Rambo 140- it could contain XX  gallons of water.

This is the polytank shop, which was run out of someone's home.

This is the polytank shop, which was run out of someone’s home.

The next day on January 7th, Aly had the pleasure of actually getting into the polytank- no one really stood a chance because I doubt we could fit inside. She did a great job of cleaning the inside. While Marlena and I painted the metal stand, that the polytank would be placed on top of. These photos show all the hard work we got done. So overall it was a pretty productive week.

Washing the polytank, transporting the metal stand, painting the metal stand blue and Ally inside the stand. Marlena working on the blue bins (working with saha global )

Washing the polytank, transporting the metal stand, painting the metal stand blue and Ally inside the stand. Marlena working on the blue bins

This was a fun filled day of lots of elbow grease, but so much was accomplished. Tomorrow we have Damba to look forward to in Kpanshegu! Think lots of food, music and fun! I will leave you with this short clip of us walking back to the village with Marlena entertaining the village children.