Sunday, July 22, 2007

"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world...indeed it is the only thing that ever has." M. Mead

Well, a lot has happened in the last week or so with our work in Tanzania. It was a week and a half of busy, filled days and evenings. Here is a recap... Our bathroom project quickly took on an amazing amount of energy as the village leadership and school headmaster for Lundamatwe shared our desire to assist the school with the village. We scheduled Monday for the "big dig" to get the bathroom project started, but even before Monday the digging began with the students putting in their time and work to the project. Each day before school, the students gathered for an hour to dig our hole for the bathroom and spent an hour after school each day digging. While some of the group taught at the Ulonge Primary School, Ian, Elliot and I worked on the digging and getting the building supplies for the project. By Monday morning, after three days of digging, about three and a half feet of the hole was accomplished. Keep in mind that the hole needed to be about six feet wide, ten feet long and ten ot twelve feet deep. To be honest, I had my doubts about accomplishing the digging in one day, even if many people came to help...Rather than say anymore, I will just share the pictures of our "bathroom project". The bathroom hole after a day of digging Students, Matt and Cathi digging at the end of the first day Elliot digging on the second day The first group of men digging on Monday morning Matt standing in the completed hole at 2pm on Monday! Women preparing meat for our community meal Big vats of rice and beef for the celebration Work is done! Ready to eat! Needless to say, it is quite amazing to think that amount of work could get done so quickly with every chipping in. There will be more pictures to follow of the other work we are doing too, but I wanted to get an update on here quickly. The bathroom building has been going on for two days now, as supplies took a day or so to get purchased and delivered. The fundis (builders) have been hard at work and will complete the project in three weeks...picture updates will be coming. Thank you to everyone who helped fund this project. The students really appreciate it and so does the community. Asante sana (Thank you very much) ~Cathi

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It is regrettable that we take so much for granted in the world today. Too often we hear that people in underprivileged countries do not want to help themselves, so why do we bother. What we are seeing is evidence that people do want to better themselves, but are largely stuck against obstacles they either have no control over, or have no means of overcoming. Thank God for people like you, Ian, Eliot and the others that have gotten involved in Project Kesho. Who knows, there may yet be a better tomorrow (kesho).

Mom and Dad Hackett said...

Hey Ian--

We are so proud of the amazing work you are doing. The world needs more people like you. The same goes for Eliot and the others over there with you. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope you stay safe. Thanks for all you are doing.--Mom and Dad (Hackett)

Rus and Anne Barnes said...

The "big dig" is a great accomplishment and example of a true community development project! We're so proud of you and the Team's work and all that has been accomplished. The students and community must feel a great sense of accomplishment too. We're looking forward to more updates!