There are 10km of trenches that need to be dug to hold the pipes that will bring water to 7 distribution points in Iyoli. Teams of 5 have 100M of trenches to dig that are 90cm high and 50cm wide. The village chief writes the names of each team in a book to keep track. The engineer walks back and forth making sure they are meeting the requirements.
The primary and secondary school, the village center, the market, the medical center – teams dig. Through fields of corn and bush and trees – teams dig. Through homes in the village and streets – teams dig. The young and the old – teams dig. The women and men – teams dig. Children play and people watch and teams continue to dig.
The sun is hot and with each passing hour people get more and more tired. The day ends and there are many more kilometres to go.
The tower that will hold the reservoir tank continues to be built. Gravity will push water through the pipes that will lie hiding in these trenches that eventually noone will even see. And it will feel like magic when the water runs but the teams digging in Iyoli will know from the pain in their bodies that shovel by shovel full of earth it was their hard work.