First, I want to thank you all for your help. Secondly, I must say I have been super impressed with how quickly things have moved here. And finally, almost everything I am about to tell you is word of mouth. There is a local radio station and trucks that drive around with loud speakers announcing things, but I can’t understand them.
Parts of the town now have electricity!!! A huge generator was brought in to run the government buildings, like Otona Hospital and Soddo University. I believe that those on the same electrical line are getting it as well. None of the water pumps are running, so there still is not clean water for the town. Many families have shallow wells, about 10-15 meters deep, so they have water to bathe, but it is not safe for drinking. There is one gas station in town that has a generator and will turn on its pumps when the line is long enough.
The Christian Hospital is still running on the generator. Again, thank you to all who have donated! It has made and will make such a difference! We have also increased the cost of care slightly to help fill the gap.
The equipment to fix the substation is in the country! It is at a dam along the Omo River and will be transported here. Not sure if the dam is being built so the pieces are available or it they are just prioritizing resources. Most people have estimated that the electricity will be up and going in 1-2 weeks. There is also excitement about getting the new substation because there is hope for even more consistent electricity.
I drive past the substation everyday on my way to work and they are working fervently to get everything fixed.
I still cannot say that we are completely out the woods, but things are looking much brighter than I thought. I will keep you updated on the situation.