Final Project Update
In less than 10 weeks, GDPU and I went above and beyond the original scope of work.
In less than 10 weeks, Awach Central Primary School went from having one latrine know the verge of overflowing.
In less than 10 weeks, the lives of 991 students has fundamentally changed for the better.
That’s right. Project complete. Mission accomplished, and I have all of you to thank for making this possible. Over fifty people donated to this project so let’s give them a round of applause. I’ll wait…
But in all seriousness, it has been an amazing experience working alongside GDPU. Hot days in a hole, blisters throbbing on my hands. Long hours spent surveying and long nights Skyping Karen and Iain. Not to mention all the children. Every time we drove up to Awach Central Primary School, they would chant of “ Chris Chris Chris!”. It would build until it reach a crescendo, at which point I would finally jump out the car and chase after them. They all would run away laughing while I tried to catch my breath. I’ve had twenty eight summers in my life, however this one is the most memorable and impactful. Leaving Gulu was far from easy, but at least I can board my flight back to Maryland with the knowledge that my time and energy was spent in the service of others.
To celebrate the two new latrines, we held a party for the students and parents. There was shortage Music, dancing, face painting and food. Speeches by local government officials thanking GDPU for their hard work were given. I was even given a goat…which I graciously accepted(and quickly gave to Patrick Ojok). Most trips to the bathroom are forgettable, but that is not the case for the children of Awach. For them, a trip to the bathroom means much more than simple relief, its empowerment, its an opportunity.
Thanks again for everyone’s support!!
Posted By Chris Markomanolakis (Uganda)
Posted Sep 4th, 2018