Day 4 in the field was great! I got to head out to a small village about 1.5 hours outside of where we are staying in Tamale. I love heading out in the field with the different teams because they all have different connections and bonds with their villages. Today, was mostly about monitoring in their village since they already had opening day. Monitoring consists of going around from hut to hut to see if they have a full water container, making sure it is off the ground the correct amount and also getting a little sample of the water so the teams can test it back in the lab to ensure it is clean and the ladies are correctly mixing the chemicals. Another important aspect was to get the women’s feedback on the water and let them know they are doing a great job. Did they like it, how did it taste, did it taste like chlorine, etc. We want them to like it and also want them to realize the important health benefits of drinking clean water versus the nasty dugout water.
On the way to the village, we made the ritual stop for eggs and breadWOW I am really going to miss those yummy morning stops for eggs and bread and also their yummy tea!
this is inside the chief’s hut. Yes, I looked to the left and there was his horse there eating.the fellows taking notes from monitoringInside one of the huts you can see the fellows and translator helping assist the communication. You can even see the safety water container to the left in the ladies hut. It is exactly high enough and the water tested fantastic.Testing the water.Sam fell in love with this beautiful soulthe ladies of the village at the polytank ready for salesthe ladies stirring the alum in the water to help get the gross particles to fall to the bottom.this is the gross dugout where people bathe, use the restroom, wash clothing, swim, etc. It is filled with human and animal waste. This is where the villages have always gotten their drinking water. This has to come to a stop. It causes Typhoid, Diarrhea and many other sicknesses. This is why CWS is rocking my world! 1 village at a time they are making a difference and it is beyond amazing to be a part of and witness!!!Sam catching a ride on the donkey cartthis girl was 9 years old carrying the bucket of water on her head back for her family. we tried to carry a bucket on our head and it was ridiculously heavy. I can’t even imagine how they do this, especially as a child!these goats were hilarious and made the cutest noise which i got on video too and i will share laterok, i knew it would happen. i fell in love. it’s true. this little girl was one of the most precious chunk of loves ever! I couldn’t put her down, please don’t make me!! She was wearing the belly beads which the women put on all the little girls as infants to help their balance, posture and fertility. I loved this little girl. I know you get it, she is adorable but I truly truly loved this little girl and I will pray for her everyday until hopefully I will see her again soon.i prayed with her before i had to give her back.Before we left that afternoon we had another meeting with the Chief in his hut. He was so awesome and down to earth. very relaxed which was a nice change of pace from some of the other villages.
I am blogging today from the airport in NY. So excited and happy to get back to my life in NC and especially my sweet little family but on the other hand a little sad because I feel like I left a piece of my heart there in Ghana. I cannot wait to go back. This won’t be my last post eitherI still have several more days to share as well as some awesome video footage so please stay tuned and in check out Community Water Solutions if you are interested in getting involved in their amazing organization!