Ghana Trip 16th January

Today we finally drilled our first borehole.
This incredible machine and team of eight workmen and engineers arrived at Bepong after traveling from Accra.

The energy and emotion in the community was incredible. People gathered to watch as the drilling began.

It took four hours and we had to drill 105 metres before we hit water.

Founder Emma Hodgkins was there to experience and witness the drilling.
She said "It was a truly amazing afternoon. Seeing these guys working and the machine drilling. Feeling the atmosphere within the community is an experience I will never forget”.

 The drilling rig being set up

The drilling rig being set up

As they drilled down you could see the colour of the rock change. It starts off as a dark red and gradually gets lighter and lighter.
A white dust then starts to come from the hole, it was almost as if it had been snowing.

 The nature of the rock changes as the drilling progresses

The nature of the rock changes as the drilling progresses

Emma said "The community gathered to see the drilling, we gathered around the machine and slowly we had to move further and further away as the power of the drill was creating dust and stones which flew through the air. Eventually this white dust covered the ground, the children loved it and would run into the dust to cover themselves in the white powder”.

"After three hours of drilling I began to worry. Rebeca had told me it would take around two hours.  But eventually at 100m they hit this dark grey stone. This is aquifer or water stones.
I was then told we were close and soon we would see water”.
Then finally, at 6pm, the water came from the ground.
Cheers and tears came from the entire community.

Emma said "I couldn't contain my emotion and tears. It was a magical moment and I feel so privileged to have witnessed it and to have been part of the community for this life changing day”.

 We hit water!

We hit water!