It’s been a while since my last update about my volunteer work (here, here and here). Today, I’m happy to report, things have been much better for a while. The GC-MS is up and running (decently well), stable Helium supply has been found, and the whole analysis procedure is starting to take shape. So, I’m doing much better in my little lab. So well in fact that, I think it’s time I crawled out of here and explored the “real world” a bit, because how much can you really know about what needs to be analyzed and how to save the world by being cooped up in a lab all day?
And thus was born my Thanthilimale Social Survey Project. Thanthilimale is a small (mostly agricultural) community about an hour north-northwest of Anuradhapura. The goal is to embed myself in the community, survey their water supplies and observe how they interact with them. My hope is that this will give me more insight into the possible causes (and therefore solutions) to the high rates of Chronic Kidney Disease plaguing some parts of this island. It will last about 2 to 3 weeks, maybe longer depending on funds.
I leave tomorrow! Wish me luck!