For completing a difficult mission
The sweat can still be seen in their faces. The selfie bears witness to three days of extremely hard work. At the outset success was by no means a given. But we thank God that the most important goals were reached.
The starting situation: Our aerial tower in Casabamba was knocked out of action having been severely struck by lightning several times. On top of that the electricity supply for our site had ceased. In a few days our satellite technician Chris Welch is heading back to Australia for a couple of months. Without an electricity supply and without checking the facility the Australian would be unable to turn on the radio-transmitter.
Headed by Doris Manco the team headed off to tackle a difficult task last week. The approach to the aerial tower up on the hill – the earth was sodden – was nothing for people with weak nerves. Having arrived on site four 2.4m deep holes had to be excavated; Doris had organised heavy machinery to help us with this task. Spare parts were sourced from far away Andahuaylas. The head of our Media Centre was in constant telephone contact with Chris Welch – he was based in Curahuasi –, with Electrosur – the State electric company, based in Chincheros – and with Dr John – based in Lima. She fully used up her mobile’s battery. Furthermore she had to cater for six men who worked flat out from morning till night under the scorching sun.
The relieving news finally came over WhatsApp at 6:20p.m. “We have electricity again on the hill!” Chris Welch plans to visit Casabamba on Wednesday next. We hope and pray that all 6 of Diospi Suyana’s aerial towers will be fully functioning this coming Thursday.
A massive “well done” for an exceptional team under female leadership. We ignore the not-so-good quality of the mobile photos.