My name is Brendan Sherry, and I joined MSABI as a volunteer in mid June. I am originally from New Zealand, and have a background in technical project management. In 2009 I completed an MSc in Environmental Technology, focusing on Water Management. A keen interest in environmental development and WASH issues has brought me to Ifakara to join the MSABI team, where I hope to contribute across various areas of the program, as well as increase my own knowledge by learning from the good work happening here on the ground.
The first days have certainly been busy, and as my arrival has coincided with the end of the wet season, activities here are picking up. I am slowly finding my way around the town, although there have been a number of wayward excursions on the bicycle through unknown neighbourhoods.
My thanks to all of the MSABI team who have given me a very warm welcome, and continue to assist with the settling-in process.
One interesting activity I have been observing today is the firing of the first batch of commercially produced filter pots at the pottery shop. Although there have been many batches manufactured and fired previously, this is the first consignment destined for the consumer market. As shown in the photographs, the kiln is slowly being brought to full temperature, a process that will be closely managed by Mr Bruno over the course of 9 hours. While that is happening, several members of the pottery women’s group are processing the raw materials for the next batch.