The construction of the tower started yesterday, market day, which happens once a month. The market is right beside the project site so the place was full of activity. People from neighbouring villages come in to sell cows and cloths and wares to buy and sell. I don’t pick up my camera, because it is rude to take pictures of strangers so I wait until the end of the day when the village chief walks through with me and I snap a few pictures. This is what I would have shot.
The field is full of cattle and goats for sale. Snap
Meat is laid out on tables. Snap
School uniforms hang ready to buy. Snap.
Tarps are laid out on the ground with piles and piles of shoe. Snap.
The wind moves the colourful used clothing that is hung up and displayed on sticks. Snap.
Smoke billows into the sky from meat that is being cooked. Snap
House wares are piled up on the ground. Snap.
Two kids lean up against a table selling soap. Snap.
Buses that have transported people from other villages are parked in a field. Snap.
There was a fellow set up offering buzz cuts and since my undercut was overgrown I sat in the chair under a tree getting a trim.
Baraka came with us for the day and she helped to fill the time listening to music on my phone, taking pictures and watching the tower being built.
The next day construction continued on the tower while pump tests were carried out. The purpose of the pump test is to see how much water the borehole yields. The engineers connect a hose to a pump a few meters from the truck and then run the well on diesel for 6 hours to see the yield of the water. There is a measuring tape put into the well and as the water is taken from the borehole the drawdown and time is measured and recorded.
The project site started with just the team running the tests but as news travelled through the village that there is running water men, woman and children came to fill up their buckets. The water runs with full pressure all day so it seems really good but we won’t get the numbers back for a few days when proper calculations are done.
For 6 hours people come and go transporting their buckets of water by bike and by foot to their homes in the village.