You’ve probably been wondering about the progress with the repair of the previously dug well on the Global Care property. Following is a run-down of the project currently underway:
16 meters is nuthin’! We’re now past that and right about at 17 meters! We dinked around this morning, with me trying to let the guys do things their way and thus wasted most of the morning trying to get the hole moving again. First they insisted on putting all 5 pipes on to try to pull out the water and mud that had settled in the hole over the weekend; that didn’t go so well, as they kept ramming the open pipe into the mud at the bottom of the hole. Finally, I convinced them that the way to do it was little by little and thin the muck so they could get some drilling mud moving up the stem. Then they insisted on putting on the “rocket” (which is what they call the drill bit), so of course once it was on, they started slamming it down into the bottom of the hole . . . and of course stopped it up again. So, finally after pulling the entire rig about 4 or 5 times, they agreed to try it slow and just allow the rocket to barely touch the bottom and pump it quickly. As you know, it finally started working great.
By the time we got past all the preparing, it was nearly one o’clock before the real drilling started again. We get about 6 inches an hour, pounding through really fine light-colored sand. We’ve used over 2 bags of bentonite now, but they see the value in the clay over the poly-sal “snot.” Everyone here is stunned at how deep we’ve gone; the village borehole (coming in at over 15 million Ugandan shillings) is at about the same depth as we’ve now reached.
Everyone is encouraged; everyone is hopeful and all the neighbors are beginning to take notice. Today we started something sort of interesting . . . one of the guys Joe really liked is named Omiat Solomon. He’s the one who produces music here in Soroti. I asked if he could take a verse of scripture and make a song of it, so we are now singing and memorizing Joshua 1:8 in Ateso! These guys get the verse within minutes, so for a couple of hours this afternoon, we were singing and learning Joshua 1:8. They seemed to like it, so I think I’ll see if we can continue!