Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Greetings from Nanyuki, Kenya!  We've been busy with yet another round of training/piloting. Kenya is pretty spectacular: birds of every color of the rainbow, lush green land in every direction (the rainy season has just wrapped up), and at least in our neck of the woods--hardly a mosquito to be found in this perfectly cool/low humidity weather. We are living too good actually.

So here we are--Natalie, Anne, myself, and Jenna... hamming it up at the equator! Yeah.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

Pilot Day

We were up until the wee hours of the night last night preparing all of our equipment, and awake again before the sun came up to leave Dakar before the traffic got bad. This is pilot day, and everyone's a little nervous because so much of ourselves has gone into this study, and in particular this day that we launch everything. We have just about everything in order except for a few things that continue to make everyone groan, such as the survey being way too long, the GPS data collection protocol confusing the field supervisors (along with everyone else), and our difficulty acquiring essential equipment for assessing the water systems due to our contracted supplier being really difficult. This is field work!

Last night my bed was all aglow with electronics...