Box W.I. - December 2015

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.

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Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - November 2015

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.

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