Unfortunately our speaker, booked for our October meeting, had to cancel. We were very grateful to Brian Dowling who stepped in at very short with a talk on “The Making of a Surgeon” inspired by the book of the same name, by Ian Aird.
Bicycles, mosquito nets, school lunches and now at last......drilling for water! The Link is excited that because of the huge generosity of a local company (which has chosen to remain anonymous) we have been able to finance an exploratory geological survey of possible sites for a second borehole in Nkokoto. We are all too aware that a similar exercise in Nkokoto and Vumilia (the Nailsworth Link village that is 5 miles away from Nkokoto) 18 months ago found no water, so for this drilling, we have the co-operation of Rodwell Ganshonga, the Urambo Council water engineer, to advise us and to work with the company contracted to do the work, a company based in Dar es Salaam, called Drilling and Dam construction Agency, (DDCA.) This company has a wealth of experience in drilling for water and although no-one will guarantee that their boreholes will find water, we are very optimistic that this project will be successful. A number of projects have been undertaken by the Agency since its establishment in 1997. 95% of projects undertaken by DDCA are funded by the private sector or non- government institutions. Records indicate that DDCA drills about 80% of yearly drilled boreholes in the country at an average success rate of 85%. At the time of writing this article, we have reached the stage of the exploratory survey and hope that within the next few weeks, a site for drilling the borehole will be agreed.