It's taken me a little while to get back to my blog. I tried to post everyday while in Niger, but because of the painfully slow internet connection, a few accidentally deleted blog posts, and very minimal (no) free time, I didn't get to post as much as I would have liked.
I arrived home at midnight on March 13th, and since then I have been trying to pull together my thoughts. How do I articulate how I have changed? How do I begin to comprehend what this trip has given me? How can I passionately convey to others how great the need for clean water wells is all over the world?
Hello Sun and Moon Classes from Chadwick School!
Thank you so much for reading my blog and following my trip! It means so much to me. Some of my friends in Niger wanted to say hello to you too! :)
Sorry for the long delay in posting a new blog message, but I am happy to announce that I have safely arrived in Niger! It was not an easy journey to get here. There were many points were I sat in airports thousands of miles away from home feeling sick, tired, and unsure if I was strong enough to finish my trip to Africa. Somehow I mustered the courage to keep going and to persevere through sickness and every potential delay known to man (snow, airplanes sliding off runways, airplane brakes not working, firefighters on the runway, etc.), and 55 hours after I left California, I arrived in Niger.
It's been a rough day. I missed all off my connecting flights out of JFK today due to unforeseen weather and traffic conditions. There was a plane accident at LaGuardia Airport where a plane skidded off a runway coated with ice, so all of the LaGuardia traffic was also routed through an overwhelmed JFK.
Where did this mess leave me? Stuck on the ground at Boston Logan International Airport for 7 hours with a very upset little boy kicking my seat behind me and a flight attendant who refused to give me more water.
For once in my life, going through the LAX security line was a breeze. It was great start to a day filled with plane changes and craziness. And then weather forced my first flight to reroute....
I am very excited to announce that I will be traveling to Niger, West Africa on March 5th with Wells Bring Hope and World Vision in Health. Over the past six years, I have helped fundraise for Wells Bring Hope, which is a non-profit organization that raises money to drill clean water wells in Niger, the poorest country in the world. I am so honored to be a part of this trip and will be documenting my experiences via my blog. I will be writing about everything from vaccines, malaria pills, packing, finding clothes, storing equipment, short film techniques, and my feelings about what's happening and what I'm seeing. I hope to share photos and videos on the ground with you all and share the well dedication for Chadwick School that I am leading. Please wish me luck on my trip, and I hope you will follow my visit by checking back daily on www.katemcevilly.com.
You can also follow the trip via www.facebook.com/wellsbringhope