The Salaminga Snails: Annie, Christine, Nate & Ben
Another busy quarter for Community Water Solutions! In March, we welcomed Samantha Derrick and Kathryn Padgett to the CWS Team. Both Sam and Kathryn participated in the 2011 Winter Fellowship Program and now join our team as the US Director of Operations and Development (Sam) and the Ghana Country Directory (Kathryn). We are so thrilled to have them as part of the CWS family and have been very impressed with their work thus far!
In addition to Sam and Kathryn, CWS also welcomed 28 volunteers to Ghana this summer for the fourth session of the CWS Fellowship Program. The Program was a great success, and resulted in the opening of 7 new water businesses in rural Ghana. Throughout their time in Ghana, each Fellowship team took turns writing posts for the Community Water Solutions blog. We thought it would be interesting to include one of their posts in this report, so that our supporters can learn about the Program through the Fellows' perspective! Without further ado, here are some "voices from the field":
June 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Posted in Fellowship Program, Implementation, Tacpuli | Leave a comment Edit this post
Hey there from the Salaminga Snails! You might be wondering how we got our name. Salaminga is the local word for “foreigner/white person” and then snails because we make everyone look so slow! Our trip to Ghana has been great so far, we have been working in the village Tacpuli and loving every minute of it. This past week we have been working on setting up our treatment center and preparing it for our opening day on Wednesday. We bought our Polytank, blue buckets, and all other necessary supplies, fitted them on our beautifully crafted Polytank stand and just started the first treatment process today.
We spent the morning training with the two women who would be running the center, Mariama and Laseechey (forgive the butchering of the spelling) who are awesome. They had already used alum in their water before, so the first half of the training was super easy. Afterwards we began distributing buckets to individual households in the hottest part of the day under the blazing African sun. Needless to say every member of our group came out of the field with some pretty gnarly sun burns. We managed to distribute 31 buckets, nearly half of our 68 household village, and look forward to an early morning distributing the buckets tomorrow (a 6:00am wake up is totally worth it to beat the heat). We’re also excited to keep working with Laseechey and Mariama! Tomorrow we will show them how to take the alum-ized (new word?) water and treat it with chlorine.
We also should mention that we have the best translator in CWS history, Peter Biyam. Peter also happens to have the greatest sheep in all of history, “Don’t Forget,” which we purchased from our very own Tacpuli as a way of thanking him. He promises to take very good care of her and we like to know that he will not forget us with Don’t Forget!
Overall the Salaminga Snails are having a great time in Ghana! We’re loving our village, loving our translator, loving our team, and are super excited for our opening day on Wednesday!
-Nate, Annie, Christine and Ben
Peter translating for Annie at our village meeting
Leaving our mark on the polytank stand!
Christine training Mariama & Laseechey
Bringing "don't forget" home in the truck
Awesome kids at Tacpuli!