A week and a bit in pictures… (12/7/14)
It’s been a week…yep, definitely a week. I find it difficult to find the right adjective; there are just too many. Exhilarating, difficult, fulfilling, busy, moving, encouraging. So…here are some pictures to tell the story that I can’t find words for.
We’re in the Commissioning Phase of the Water Project…filling the tank with water, conducting a hydrostatic test for leaks, checking for settlement, and then bringing it ‘on line’…connecting each of the Hospital water supply headers to the new tank, filling them slowly, and increasing pressure gradually while we check for leaks.
The tank filled to 100% full Friday, and the hydrostatic test was completed without any leaks. During the initial fill, the tank settled only 3 mm, which is great news: full of water, it weighs almost 750 tons, and a lack of substantial settlement means the foundation is strong and performing as expected. We brought the first of three hospital water headers online today (outpatients, casualty, surgical theatres, maternity, and labs/xray), with no leaks or bursts. Yes!
Part of my work in the last year has been working with the SIM Kenya Area Director in planning and, now, rolling out a transformational shift in how SIM does its work in Kenya: moving to team-based work and ministry. For now, I am the Team Leader of the “Kijabe SIM Team”…soon to have 23 people (plus 17 children!) by the end of 2014: two surgeons, seven physicians, four theological educators, two dorm parents, one nurse, two chaplains, one clinical psychologist, and a few ‘odds and ends’ like myself 🙂
So that’s my week in pictures…Mardi’s week she’ll probably write about later. She wrote on a Facebook post yesterday one of the best descriptions of leading conflict resolution in a cross-cultural setting that I’ve ever heard: “dancing on a tightrope in a storm”. That pretty much sums her week up.