Doug, 2012 Volunteer

Doug, 2012 Volunteer

This year my team had a few truck issues. I was working near Rumphi with Mavuto Nyirenda when we needed to cross a small log bridge over a ravine. It seemed to be ok so I slowly drove over the bridge. Uh oh, one of the logs was rotten and the truck sank right through the bridge into thin air. No tow truck nearby and poor cell service even if we wanted to call Mr. Khosa so now what? Well, villagers gathered around and everyone started collecting rocks and limbs to “rebuild” a bridge under the truck.

Digging truck out from the bridge.

Digging truck out from the bridge.

The team pulled out the jack and got the axle raised off the earthen bridge surface. About 90 minutes of work and ingenuity later, I was able to drive the truck back out of the hole over a big tree limb. Everyone had pitched right in, worked hard, used their backs and their brains and solved our dilemma.

I never worry when I’m in the field with MMM folks; we manage to get through whatever challenges come our way. We all really want to get clean water to the people in the villages! Shallow wells, OYE!!