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Trainings for Repairing Hand Pump have been started

Training for repairing and maintenance of hand pump installed to deep-wells this year were started at Kajo Keji county. There are three targets to achieve.

1)Regular pump inspection skills
2)Simple repairing skills
3)Supervise skills for complicated repairing

Those aimed that people can keep using well-water by using the pumps installed by JEN as long as possible.

This is a hand pump for trainings (India Mark-II)

There were 15 participants in which three of them had helped repairing hand pumps, four of them had repaired bicycles and one of them had repaired motor cycles. None of them had experienced mechanic training. They had to learn at least simple repairing skills in 10 days training.

Here is a photo of the participants

The trainers were engineers from Water dept. of county and state. They were used to teaching the skills with questioning to trainees skillfully. There were lots of things to remember such as pump parts, repairing tools and method of repairing. 

Repairing tools

Here is a brief explanation of dismantling and assembling of barrels which has the most complicated structure in the hand pump parts. This barrels are important parts of sending water to the pump.

These consisted of metal parts and rubber packing like the photo below.

Firstly, Christine, one of the trainers, shows actual dismantling and assembling of them. 

Then, the trainees practiced those in pairs.

They processed it with many tries and mistakes such as fixing the parts upside down or putting wrong amount of packings since it was their first experience to do it.

They fixed the parts firmly using repairing tools which they were taught the day before. When they practiced dismantling and assembling them within 10min, the participants who were not engaging in assembling were not only observing but also pointing out when the colleague made mistakes.
Lastly, they checked if it sucks water in a bucket.

After the practice, it is time for delicious lunch.

The lunch was Liro  (Balinese: Ugari in Swahili) made with corn flour and goat stew.

After lunch, everyone was eager to review the lesson to prevent from forgetting the contents until afternoon training began without break.

JEN would provide the well maintenance and management training one more time for another group in Kajo Keji county and two more times in Morobo county after the training for this group was completed.

This project was supported by JPF and supporters.

October 27, 2011 in South Sudan |