We have made it to Nkokonjeru! We are staying at the convent in town and our accommodations are much more than expected. The water in town is out because of some disagreement over paying the bill for the pump electricity. The convent has their own pump, so we are spoiled with the only running water in town. This really hit us yesterday as we got our first glance at the EWB Davis projects with Matt, a former EWB member who has spent much time in Nkokonjeru working on these projects.
We traveled to the main road in Nkokonjeru and got our first look at the composting toilet project, which I will explain more about later. Essentially it is a latrine that diverts urine and feces separately to sell to farmers for agricultural needs. We learned that the 120 liter tank has already been filled and the first 6 jerry cans of urine have been sold to a farmer for 4,000 Ugandan shillings a can. ( One US dollar is approximately 2410 Ugandan shillings)
We also took a trip to the Providence Home, a school for orphans and disabled children, to learn that the rainwater tank that is nearly 6 meters deep and often gets quite full during the rainy season has run dry. The children were now complaining that water from the bore hole pump had a strange taste. We will be looking into this more.
We also had the pleasure of meeting with some local people and enjoyed and enjoyed excellent meals, which I will tell you more about later.
Our first full day was quite exhausting and gave us a preview of many challenges we will be trying to address in our time here. Dagan and I are having a bit of a hard time seeing the reality of the challenges of implementing foreign aid and advanced technology, as we saw that many of the projects face challenges too great for us to address in the short time we are here.