Tuesday, August 4, 2015

“The total number of individuals without electric power is put at about 1.5 billion, or a quarter of the world's population, concentrated mostly in Africa and southern Asia.” ― The Scientific American

The power is out—again.  We have at least one or two power outages a day, but they are usually just for a few seconds or a few minutes.  Once or twice a week, we have power outages for at least four hours or more, but we have it easy.  There are places, like Dodoma, where the power is completely off every other day for the entire day.  Ten years ago, we had the power off every day from six in the morning until six at night for about six months.  Since then, the power has been fairly constant.  We know in advance when they are going to be working because they announce it on the radio.  Work outages last from eight to ten hours as no one works on the power lines while the power is on, unlike most Western countries.  We are used to it and have adapted.  We do have a very good generator (thank you, Michael Flanagan), and so we always have enough power to run the refrigerators and computers.  It does cost, however.  We have to pay about $25 a day for fuel for the generator if it is running full time.  We pay the national power company about $150 a month for the electricity that they supply.  Even with what we pay for generator fuel and the local bill, we are still paying less than we paid for our small house in the U.S.  Here, we are paying for multiple buildings and lights and fans in the school as well as for cooking food for the orphans, so it’s not bad at all.  We can adjust to almost anything.   Our workers don’t have to adjust at all because not one of them has electricity in their homes.  They cook with charcoal and use kerosene lamps for light.  Over the next six months or so, we will be putting solar kits in each of their homes—they are very happy about that.  It means their children can do their homework safely and well.  Parents here worry about their children’s homework every day because they know how vitally important an education is.  That is not the case in every country where education is free and many families just don’t care, but not here.  Oh, another of my watch forum friends sent me a message saying that he wants to help with goats, too.  He is from the U.K. where we already have a good friend who donates every month to our mission work.  We are truly blessed, and we know it.  Shaban has just left to go to Musoma to start the proceedings to get Karen a new residence permit since hers expires on the fourteenth.  We have to pay $550 in American currency for each of our permits.  Don’t know why, it’s just the law.  Even Australians and British missionaries have to pay in American currency.  Keep us in your prayers and say a prayer of thanks for those watch enthusiasts who are helping us provide goats to widows with children here.
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