Home, work, and fish harvesting

Trip Start Jun 28, 2007
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Trip End Nov 16, 2007


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Friday, July 6, 2007

So, after a week of Africa I've found some time and some decent internet connection to update you all and get a few pictures out there for the audience's viewing pleasure.

Here's what life looks like after my first week in Liberia:

The film crew is staying an extra week and is still here. For the past couple days they went upcountry to stay in Bopolu, which is about a three hour drive from Monrovia, and film some of the projects that are going on there. I was there for the past two days and came back this evening. While I was there we went to a fish harvesting in one town and also filmed some of sand filters and agricultural projects involving sheep and goats in another town. I must say that it was rather hilarious watching the film crew try to inform the natives of what they wanted them to do, especially when it involved the goats. I think there were like 20 takes of a man saying, "Thank you for the goat!"

While I'm in Liberia I will be working with the water and sanitation programs. I leave a week from today, so next Thursday, to go to the town of Foya where I will be jumping into the beginnings of a water filter program in the surrounding villages. I'll be in Foya until the end of August. For September and October I will be staying in Bopalu working in the surrounding villages helping to finish up a water filter program there. What my day to day work will be, I don't know. Constructing, installing, maintenance, and educating will all be involved in some way. At the end of each month I'll be coming back to Monrovia to the head office to be doing some work in the office there as well as some rest and relaxation.

In Monrovia I'm staying in a back room (kinda like a garage turned bedroom) of Kendall and Bev's house. Kendall is the country director for Samaritan's Purse and Bev is his wife and the Program Manager for water and sanitation. The house is nice and has running water, however no hot water, and they do have electricity for most of the day. It hasn't been too hot here, but the humidity has been high. It's been raining A LOT. Oh, and they live right next to the ocean, so that is pretty sweet.

When I'm in Foya and Bopalu I'll be staying at the sub-offices which are a little more rugged, but still livable. They don't have electricity as often and we'll have to take bucket showers, but from what I hear the internet connection is better, so go figure. We'll also be taking trips way out into the bush where we'll set up tents and camp for a bit while we work in certain villages, so that should be really interesting.

Ok, so I help this fills you in a little more with the details. I'll be sure to write if I come across any interesting stories and I'll give you more updates along the way. Hopefully I'll try to include some pictures if the internet allows me time to upload all of them.

Hope everyone had a good 4th of July!
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