Where to begin? My network connection has been terrible…blah…and I’ve picked up someone’s cold…blah…and we’ve got an issue with the water tank leaking…blah.
My first order of business yesterday was assessing the leak and experimenting with a patch idea which failed miserably (a totally flawed concept with more wishful thinking than engineering logic). I had to try it because the thought of replacing a 1,500 gallon poly tank on a 30-foot high tower with pipe fittings that inevitably leak was not giving me any warm fuzzies for the start of this trip. Unfortunately, a tank replacement appears to be the only solution.
We bought our current tank from Eagle in Monrovia so I began my search. The 1,500 gallon size is not readily available but I hope to know of one by the end of this week. Recalling the major struggles we had hoisting the tank up to its perch the first time, I began devising a pivoting “boom” to help maneuver it into position. John 2 will begin welding this steel pipe Rube Goldberg tinker toy tomorrow. I hope it works.
I’ve been busy with meetings, greetings, conversations, and discussions. After unpacking the various checked bags and bins along with boxes that were previously shipped, the list of projects has become long and varied. Sumo and I met to review finances and school operations issues. I contacted our electrician, Edwin, about improvements needed then arranged to procure supplies and and a start time. Some painters came to discuss applying a waterproofing sealer to the Hydraform blocks on the school building. Initial contact was made with the Rotary Club about an upcoming meeting. I sat down with Tumamee and Bendu to get feedback about the burgeoning poultry farm. Sprinkled among these tasks were visits from various community members and children, including my “namesake” baby, Jon.
Yesterday afternoon they had a special welcoming program during which the children sang their hearts out and yhe GLTC staff presented Liberian outfits to Leon, Donna and me (note the new hat I’m sporting this trip).
With my cold in full gear I’m signing off but not without a cute kid photo: