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One volunteer: Daniel Gregory, Public Health Engineer, Bailey Associates, U.K.

“It was a great opportunity to help the underprivileged.”

“Building the towers gave me a feeling of great satisfaction,” Daniel remembered. “Seeing the children drink potable water at the schools for the first time, knowing that the local people can also visit out of school time to collect water… Waterdrop made that possible!” The trip held a few surprises for Daniel too. “I expected to help build the water towers. However there was more than the above. For instance, we helped in the classrooms, explaining to the children the importance of washing their hands and basic hygiene.”

Short description of your / your company’s main area of work, your years in the industry, any awards or major projects or achievements you’d like to share.

Bailey associates are a multi-disciplined building services consultants who have carried out the M & E Service/Architectural designs for Schools, Hospitals, Offices and Housing. I have spent over 35 years in the industry.

How did you get to know about Waterdrop?

Through Xylem

Why did you choose to participate?

It was a great opportunity to help the under privileged.

What did you expect to experience before the trip started? And what was your first impression when you finally arrived? How did you feel?

I expected to help build the water towers. However, there was more than the above, we helped in the classrooms explaining to the children the importance of washing their hands, basic hygiene. On arrival at the schools we were met by the teachers and the children They were so pleased to see us and I felt so privileged to be there.

Building water towers in elementary schools: Tell us a little bit about your experience – both building the towers and working with the children.

Building the towers gave me a feeling of great satisfaction. Seeing the children drink potable water at the schools for the first time. Knowing that the local people can also visit out of school time to collect water. Waterdrop made that possible. The children were fantastic. They had absolutely nothing and all were so happy and pleased to see us. They would have been the best duty free to take home.

What were the major challenges you encountered and overcame during the trip? (i.e., heat, sanitary conditions, tiredness, etc.)

Actually there were no major challenges to overcome.

What’s your single most valuable moment or experience from the trip?

Seeing the children turn on the taps and wash their hands.

How was the relationship building and teamwork with the other participants – both from your country and from the other countries?

Team work was excellent.

Now that some time has passed since your Waterdrop volunteer trip, has anything changed in your life? What is your favourite memory?

I am more aware of what other countries have not. I have been telling lots of people about the trip and explained how there is a vast difference in life between the rich (haves) and the poor (have not’s). Building the towers for the children, yes it has to be the children.

Would you recommend this Volunteer Trips to your colleagues or do such a trip again?

I would recommend it to everyone.

Anything else you’d like to share about your experience that we didn’t ask?

Xylem really had the whole trip under control. The timing that we left the hotel each day and the time spent at the schools excellent.

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