The excitement in Umm Al Naser is building… The drilling is finished, the drill and the first group of workers have now left and the next group has begun. The storage facility for the plant arrived on site, by truck this morning. The plant itself is now in situe inside.
The trench is dug for the waste water/sewage pipes and refilled, the electricity is hooked up and everything is shiny and bright and waiting to be switched on. The commitment to detail and pride in their work is more evident each day, and one wonders as to what would be possible here in Gaza if the proper material s and equipment were allowed in, it is surely not a lack of training that frustrates these men. We are actually hearing disturbing reports of material that has actually entered Gaza, badly needed for reconstruction to homes, being held, inexplicably, in warehouses in Gaza… such as : http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/world/to-rebuild-gazans-wait-for-aid-already-arrived.html?referrer&_r=0
It is imperative for all of us to continue to pressure our politicians and Governments , and the UN, to firstly, allow materials in to Gaza and secondly, to ensure that anything that does arrive is used ! This is not an opportunity for photographs of full warehouses.
But, back to Umm Al Nasser.
A new plinth, with interlocking bricks will be put in place for the distribution point tomorrow. The 2 large storage tanks for the water are waiting to be hoisted on top of the building. The actual stand with the taps is to the side waiting to be hooked up. The signage is being worded as we speak, with the Palestinian and Irish flag ready for painting… then it is again all systems go tomorrow… the engineers are waiting to collect the final samples for taking to the laboratory in the next few days and then…….
Derek’s expertise in electrics was called in to service, so, myself and the younger children dug holes in the sand with spoon’s…. just to show them how it’s done!
A slow stroll around the village again today, ( stopping of for more sweet tea in several homes) reminded us , if we were ever to forget, just why we are doing this and the smiles and excitement on the children’s faces renewed our vow to come back as often as possible….
As always, We realize this project and hopefully others is only possible with continued support. Be very proud of what , together , we have accomplished so far. Please continue to support us and Gaza, Palestine … share the blog, spread the word, create awareness and if at all possible, donate via paypal or direct to bank.
Another update soon….