Our first week in Uganda flew by! We spent the first couple of days becoming familiar with Nkokonjeru, and getting to know our gracious host, Ignitius, as well as our project manager Anthony. They have both been terrifically helpful and we are being incredibly well taken care of. After familiarizing ourselves with the concept of sanitation and discussing the details of our project, we set out to the field and visited the eight sites where we will be constructing latrines. We began latrine construction on Friday, and have since poured the ring-shaped concrete foundations of all eight latrines. The concrete takes a few days to dry, so after we finish constructing the concrete coverings for the latrines, we will begin surveying the people of Nkokonjeru to gain a greater understanding of the current sanitation situation here. I know a lot of us are particularly excited about the research aspect of our project because it will allow us to have direct contact with the people of the village. Our survey results could also be useful in determining the direction that sanitation-related RASD projects will take in the future.
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