Friday, April 24, 2015

“If yes is the new no, no is the new maybe, and maybe is the new yes, then my answer is maybe, and I’ll stand by that.” ― Jarod Kintz

If there is one word that sums up the culture here it is “labda” which means “maybe.”  Will my car be fixed tomorrow?  Labda.  Are there onions at the market?  Labda.  Will you be gone for the funeral two or four days?  Labda.  Will the internet be back up today?  Labda.
    Yet for us, it is also the word that most defines our mission.  We came here for two reasons, to assist the church, and to help with education.  Did we come to build and produce biosand water filters that are now providing over 15,000 people with clean, safe, cholera free water?  Labda.  Did we come to grow the church from four churches and two hundred members to 31 churches and over 5,000 members?  Labda.  Did we intend to start nine preschools at our churches teaching by the Montessori method?  Labda.  Did we set out to teach over 35 sanitation and hygiene seminars in the surrounding villages?  Labda.  Did we plan to distribute over 1,000 pretreated mosquito nets to pregnant mothers?  Labda.  Did we plan to distribute over 1,000 Swhali Bibles?  Labda.  Did we plan on providing over 35 bicycles to our evangelists (one of the reasons the church grew so fast)?  Labda.  Did we plan to feed and educate over 100 orphans a day for years on end?  Labda.  You see where this is going.  Now for another big “labda” that is on the horizon.  My youngest son, Keith, is a food scientist for Tyson and heard about a project to introduce productive chicken farming strategies for Tanzania.  He got in the touch in the woman in charge and what follows is the email I got from her yesterday.
Dear Wiggins Family,
         I met with Keith some months ago.  I believe he may have spoken with you about a project that Tyson Foods is involved with in Tanzania partnering with World Vision.  He mentioned that you may be interested in learning more about the project.  Also, he mentioned that you had a project yourselves working on water purification.  We have finally come to the juncture in the project were we have birds in coops. 
         I had meant to reach out before now, but we were still struggling to understand via our Tanzania partners if the project would work as we anticipated.  Our goal on the project is to increase the small farm holders house income by 200%.  We now know after some experience that it can be achieved and I believe the team is ready to start replicating the model for many small holders.  So I have the confidence that the model we have is viable for others in Tanzania as well.  The project again is with World Vision and is located around Babati.  If you have interest in more information please reach out to me.
        With that said, I would like to ask for your help in understanding the sand filtration systems that your group has been working on.  How easy are they replicated?  How much water can be filtered with the ones you are producing?  Any information would be helpful.
       Another major project from God to help thousands of Tanzanians?  Labda.
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