Three Pillars: Electricity, Internet and Water

It feels as though there are three pillars to life here: electricity, Internet and water. These three issues tend to dominate conversations and often dictate what one does in a certain part of the day. For instance:

If electricity has been scarce, but you happen to notice that it comes on at 2 a.m. (for instance if your infant son is screaming at that time), it is not uncommon to be seen doing a load of laundry in the wee hours of the morning.

When we first arrived, our only potential for Internet was at the office. Because this bandwidth was shared with hundreds (if not thousands) of other people in Jos, it was usually faster at non-peak times, e.g. early in the morning and late at night. This led to coming in to the office very early (before 7 a.m.) in order to do e-mail–and even then, it was terribly slow. (However, this is all changing soon.)

If you prefer to take showers in the morning, or at night, or following a long game of ultimate frisbee in the hot sun, your preferences cannot always be accommodated here. Last week, there were three mornings in a row where we did not have water. Even when we do have water, the chances of there being decent (or at least what we would consider decent) AND hot at the same time are slim to none.

Chris (I stink and need a shower),
Christie (why am I awake at 2 a.m.: to shower, do laundry or feed Judah?) and
Judah (I had darkness for nine months, what’s the big deal?)


4 thoughts on “Three Pillars: Electricity, Internet and Water

  1. I’m a Nigerian/American living in California. I love to hear your stories. Thanks for sharing them with the world and keeping up this blog.


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