One thing that I have learned from development work is patience. For example, here is the story of my day on Wednesday:

Date: Wednesday September 23rd
Goal: To get a map of the Tamale Water Expansion Project

11:00am: Peter and driver are supposed to pick me up

11: 25am: Peter and driver arrive. We are not entirely sure where to go, but we have seen signs for the BiWater office around town and ask the driver what he thinks. He says he knows a BiWater office to take us to.

11:45am: We arrive at a water treatment plant…Not exactly an office but there IS a sign that says BiWater

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11:50am: The guard tells us that he does not have a map but we should try the office down the road.

11:51am: Taxi gets a flat tire


12:00pm: The jack breaks


12:05pm: Peter and the taxi driver pull over cars, asking to borrow a car jack

12:20pm: No one has a jack, so Peter recruits the security guard and some guys who were walking by to help.

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12:30pm: Back on the road.

12:40pm: Arrive at another BiWater “office” which turns out to be a big parking lot where they store their trucks. Security Guard tell us to try the Ghana Water Company office in town. He is SURE that they will have a map.

1:05pm: Arrive at Ghana Water Company. Security guard tells us they everyone has gone to lunch and we should come back after 3pm (nice long lunch break huh?!)

3:15pm: Come back to Ghana Water Company. Meet Joe, who works for BiWater.

3:45pm: Head home with our new map!! Success!

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4 Responses to Patience

  1. colleen says:

    Glad all is well-You obviously are learning a lot about yourself and life. Keep up the good work. Love you forever, Mom

  2. Patty says:

    Wow–at least they seem to want to work with you. I want a 2 hour lunch! Love you XX0

  3. Janet says:

    Hi Katie I’m a your Aunt Patty’s and love catching up with you and your project. SO proud of you! Love, Janet Marticke

  4. Pingback: The Ultimate Test of Patience and Perseverance: My Experience Buying a Truck in Ghana «

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