We are drilling a well! Finally…
So, after a few delays, bureaucratic problems mostly, Yesterday, Tuesday 21st, we actually began drilling….
For the few weeks since we returned, we have been working consistently and constantly on getting this project off the ground. First, we had to put the contract out for tender in the local paper… (Was actually pretty cool to get our name in the Palestinian press,). After a specific number of days, we then opened all the tenders in front of a committee from the trade union of Palestine and our contractor was finally agreed. Next was the many meeting’s with contractor, engineers, villagers etc.
Finally, In the last few days we have watched as the steel container that will hold the plant itself is being built, the filters, the pump the electrics are all being built, fixed, moulded , and will be ready for transportation to the site in the coming days. Once the container is in place, the de-salination, purification, electrics will all be put in to place, water tanks and a distribution station will be hooked up and Umm Al Nasser village, a village of 5,000 people will have constant , free access to fresh clean drinking water.
This morning we arrived at Umm Al Nasser to find the drill in place, and the workers already started, we also, as usual, found an audience of children waiting for us.
As the drilling began, the villagers randomly called to the site, which is situated deliberately in the centre of the village for access to as many as possible, interested to find out who was doing this for them, and always grateful when we explained it was you, the people of Ireland, friends and family from all over the world, not governmental, who have donated for this project. We, Derek and I, as Irish in Gaza, are implementing the well on behalf of each of you, and we are facilitated , kindly, by the trade union of Palestine.
It is testament to the Irish, who , in the middle of their own fight for water, step up and fight for the right to water for all…
Copious amounts of tea and coffee throughout the day as the workers first dug the hole by hand, and then by machine ….
Didn’t hit water yet… We explained we will settle for Oil if that is what we reach first…!!!
Will update over the next few days but please continue to donate … There is still much to do. We are very close to having the full amount to complete this stage of the project, but we still need your help. To Donate please click : http://wp.me/PsaGo-1by
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