A lot of the time, I am a skeptical person. It's hard for me to trust. In a former life, at least it feels like a former life after being home with kids for a couple of years, I was a civil engineer. I spent many days analyzing plans and checking calculations, looking for errors and broken rules. I'm pretty sure other engineers didn't appreciate my letters, which arrived with lists of my findings; I was the bad guy....or girl. It was my job to be questioning and even suspicious.
I have to admit that I still have some questions about that water projects that World Vision and other non-profits complete in other countries. Do they work over the long-haul? Does the village/neighborhood take ownership of the infrastructure and maintain it? How does the presence of a new water source change the culture of the community? Are there any unintended negative impacts? Sometimes, I feel like I may need to go and live near one of these projects to satisfy my curiosity!
Thankfully, some women from Kenya were able to answer one of my questions. A couple of weeks ago, while visiting the World Vision Magazine Blog, I read an entry titled Assignment Kenya, which included an invitation for readers to write in with questions about the water crisis. I commented with a question and received a response. I'll include the edited version below. Please visit the actual blog entry for the full version.