["I had always liked watching Tomb Raider movies and now I would be able to have my own adventure."]
Thursday March 31 Kamekwilu
10:30 pm: Well the last two weeks have been really busy. It was decided that we should carry out some assessments in the surrounding villages. We visited 6 villages this week. I had to undertake the water and sanitation and logistics components of the assessments as Ricardo had to go to regional conference in Daka organised by the UN. I don't know why they had this regional conference in Bangladesh.
Ricardo wanted the assessments to wait till he got back. I assured him that I could do it. I was really excited to be doing assessments. Assessments were something that I had always wanted to do, I really liked watching the Tomb Raider movies and now would I would be able to have my own adventure. Plus it allowed me to delegate the bookkeeping for the month to Samuel who had become the assistant log in the base. Ricardo insisted on spending a lot of time with me before he left. I thought just to ask a few simple questions to the villagers is not that hard. He spent a lot of time going through the survey formats with me telling me what I had to look at and the importance of the different questions. He even showed me around Kamekwilu and we interviewed a few families. Ricardo organised for the assistant watsan technician Michael to work with me. I assured Ricardo I would follow his instructions and eventually he left me alone.
Ricardo's survey forms were a bit long. I thought they actually asked some pretty embarrassing questionsas well. So I thought it better to shorten the formats a bit. I also thought that having Michael along for the assessments would probably slow me down. So I suggested that he stay in town and look after the latrine programme in Kamekwilu.
Well we had lots of fun, while Petra and her assistant did some mucus screenings for malnutrition and some focus group discussions with the mothers, I walked around with the driver around the village. Usually the villages gave us some small dear or a chicken or two as well as some fruit. This was really kind of them and sometimes one of their bands would play a few songs and they would do some dancing. I took down a lot of information and have written up some pretty detailed assessment reports. Well I am going to be pretty busy over the next few days finishing of these reports. I have already finished one. I called it "A meeting with the people of the Adigo Village".
Dave (me) Claudia