SECOND AND THIRD WEEK
Happily, my resoponsibilities in the Grey Water Project of the AIES are becoming quickly clearer. It seems like I’ll be spending a lot of time in the city of Beersheva, and the Bedouin village of Umm-Batin. In both places, I have started meeting organizations and community leaders who are interested in improving the sanitary situation in the village. I find myself, after all, working as liaison between the Bedouin community and the AIES, and as part of these efforts I am meeting a lot of new people who are willing to help.
My real first jump into the water was last week, with visit to an NGO called AJEEC, which promotes Arab/Jewish cooperation in community projects. Although I felt I was not fluent enough, the meeting turned out to be quite long, very dynamic and informative. Most of all, the AJEEC staff helped me by bridging me and key figures of Umm Batin. Hopefully, I will have the chance to meet a group of women in the village, where I can gain some more insight about domestic usage of greywater, and sanitary infrastructure.
The following day I had my first visit to Umm Batin, this time to assess a family’s property where AIES might install a greywater treatment system. While on the village’s only asphalted road, I was busy observing and digesting info of a poor, non-developed, dirty area, and completely forgot to use my camera. Once we found our destination, we focused on the wastewater infrastructure. Luckily, the landlord is quite a handyman and after installing a dual plumbing a few months ago, this can make our job of installing a system feasible and easier. I really hope to see this happening!