This project is fully funded! We more than met the financial goal so any additional funds/left over funds after the project is completed will be used to make further improvements to the pool. We are thinking things like:
- A path to the pool to keep feet clean
- Some simple tin change rooms
- A shaded area for observers
- Seating for observers
We are so grateful for the amazing support we have seen towards this project. Rest assured we will stretch every dollar as far as we can! Our kids are going to be so happy to have regular swimming times again!
One predictable thing about life here on the Mission is the hot weather in summer. Temperatures soar to over 120 degrees (48 Celsius) -it is not fun! One thing that is fun however is our swimming pool.
It may just be a large cement hole in the ground, and it may leak, and it may require complete draining and hand scrubbing every five days to keep it clean. But when the Indian sun beats down on us and there is not a bit of wind to provide relief, there is noting like a cool dip and an hour of swimming to beat back the heat, at least for a little while.
Unfortunately for our children though our swimming pool pump just isn’t working like it used to, more than 25 years of usage has seen the old well almost completely dried out. It is now time for us to dig a new well, not an easy or cheap task, but one that our 75 children will assure you is well worth it!
The new pump boring will have to be drilled down about 45-75ft through mud, clay and stone to ensure a long lasting supply of water. The new position of the pump, shown in blue above, will also help during the cleaning process of the pool (pumping in fresh water from the top and allowing for sediment to flow to the deeper bottom end).
Check out the video below to see just how much fun our kids have in the pool each year.
Maintaining the pool without a filter or any chemicals is a labor-intensive challenge. The concrete floor must be scrubbed by hand in a tangle of wire brushes, spraying hose water and general crouching. Once clean, it takes about three hours to fill the pool with this water lasting about five days in the heat before the cleaners are needed once again. It’s no small task but the results are more than worth it.
LONG LASTING EFFECT:
While summer here only lasts a few months, the pump will be useful the whole year round! While it is not being used to cool us down, the waters will keep our farms fields topped up with life bringing water. We rely heavily on a series of pumps around the mission to keep our crops healthy and growing. This new project is win-win for everyone.