Thursday, 20 January 2005

Where Once Was None

We finished building this dam back in November and it's filled up nicely as we've had a lot of rain. That blob in the distance on the dam wall is me, and yes that is an electricity pylon in the background - so near and yet so far. It goes to one of the big farms in this area. We're still campaigning for them to bring electricity to our project, and the reason it's stalled is a whole other story of in-fighting and corruption...

Building the dam should raise the water table, thus making it easier to dig wells for clean water. Ideally the dam will also help the community start new ventures - now that there's a water source they could graze animals, and also grow crops in the dry season as there's now a source of irrigation. Here's hoping.