A day in the life of a driller

At the 25th Anniversary celebrations in Uganda last year, our entire drilling team were given special recognition for their selfless duty and exceptional service. These 11 men share a unique sense of camaraderie and unity and they are fondly known in the East African office as the “men from the bush”, given their working environment. Washington Omoko, who has been a driller for the last six years takes us through a day in his life…

“My day starts at 6am, at the latest, and as a team we have devotions together until 6:30am. After this, we have 30 minutes of personal time to prepare for the day and make some home phone calls before our work begins at 7am. Having been together for so long now, we each know what to do and we compliment each other in each of our tasks. Charles and Leo are rimming, Isaac and Kizito are inserting pipes, Barnabas is lowering the casings…we are one big team.

Some of the villages where we drill are very poor and the community have little food to offer us, so often we don’t stop for lunch but keep going until the evening and then we prepare our own dinner. Sometimes we eat fish and meat and other times it is maize and cabbage stew. We work until about 7pm, though in some of the villages we will work to midnight because of the sandy soil composition that could easily collapse if we stop.

Drilling is hard work, it is even harder when there’s a crisis at home that I cannot deal with because of work demands. However, when clean water gushes out of the ground, the visible fruit of our labour makes us, and the communities we serve, very happy. We go to bed fulfilled, knowing that lives are being changed and communities are being transformed. Then, we wake up in the morning, move onto the next location, put up our tents and start all over again.”

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