Build a Bridge
2019 - This bridge is an important connection. Several villages will benefit, saving time and energy.
Three photos of the same bridge - This bridge was built by hand. We purchased a portable mill to cut the lumber. The supports were put in place one by one by men on each side of the river using ropes to hoist them. Now the village is connected to the main market place as well as several other villages and has a lumber mill that will provide opportunities for business startups.
Drilled Well #2
2018 January - Morowaya
gets a second drilled well !
2010 - While finishing up a teaching artist-in-residency contract with the University of Illinois, Bolokada saved enough money and with the support of his friends, he was able to provide a house of worship for his home village.
Drilled Well #1
2016 - WooHoo! The Friends of Bolokada rallied together to support "Water for Morowaya" and successfully drilled a well for the people in this village! This well has a hand pump and 850 people share it. For the very first time they have access to clean water and are on a path to greater health. So happy!
2009 - Two separate attempts were made to sponsor a well for Morowaya by Friends of Bolokada. Neither attempt proved successful as the methods and equipment used were not adequate to drill deep enough to access clean water.
2005 - Friends of Bolokada sponsored the building of a two- room school. If a village builds a school the government will send them a teacher. Families are required to pay tuition and a fee for uniforms and supplies. These people have very little money and as a result, only half of the families are able to educate their children.
2016 - Something terrible happened. A brush fire tore through Morowaya burning over 150 homes. Fortunately, no one was hurt but villagers struggled day and night shoveling ash, washing walls and rebuilding roofs. Friends of Bolokada came together once more to provide the things they couldn't manage on their own: new doors, food and clothing.
2002 - Morowaya missed out on a government drilled well because the equipment could not get through the path leading to the village. This is the year Bolokada bought and delivered the hand tools necessary to build an access road. It took the villagers two years to clear trees, roots, and stones by hand. The dirt road was completed in 2004.