Phase 3 is now underway and the world of Phase 2, whilst only completed a week ago, seems a distant memory. The pace of life on Raleigh can make the sights, sounds, experiences and events of each project pass like the view from the window of a speeding train on its way to the next project.
Luckily, our Venturers have been fantastic at documenting their experience and memories of each project and allow us at Field Base to relay their stories to you via the blog. Mums, Dads, friends and partners do not worry, we know that during Phase 2 Echo 4 and Echo 5 were subjects of several Blog posts detailing relocations to new project sites and that the typical blog entries on these project groups were not posted. Both groups returned to us safe and well and both groups had a story to tell. So, John Campbell of Echo 4 has provided us with details of Echo 4’s day to day life from the start of Phase 2. His account really details the everyday activities on the campsite at Parsalnatham and gives us an insight into how the group ran themselves. Also, Geoff Wells of Echo 5 has lent us his thoughts on the project both groups undertook in the second half of phase 2, including some information on their mini-project to build a water storage tank/shower/secondary irrigation feed for the village.
Day 5. Duncan is our Day Leader today. He got us up at and out of camp by 6:30am to go and fetch water. When we got back there was a donkey raiding the food barrel. Sam took his best shot at moving it, but some asses are just too big and even Sam’s charm couldn’t remove the beast We carried on de-silting for the day, Christina and I made dhal and spicey fried egg for dinner which everyone loved!
Solution: Improve water pressure by installing a storage tank downstream of water source to build hydrostatic pressure so water can be more effectively stored and distributed around village under pressure derived from storage tank. Install a shower attachment so future expedition groups don’t impact on villagers’ bathing sites and villagers have an alternative washing site closer to their houses but away from drinking water.