You came to South Sudan to be a Peace and Justice Coordinator, but I have recently noticed that you have acquired some new skills. Would you like to enlighten us about these?
Are you talking about my ability to make awesome Excel spreadsheets?
Is that what you would like to talk about?
Is there anything else?
I’ve learned how to tan goat skin.
I don’t know what you are talking about.
Yes you do. We talked about this.
Enlighten us on your new skills…
Enlighten is the hint.
Does it have to do with solar power?
Yes, I have recently acquired new skills in solar system installation.
What have you all installed?
Oh, you don’t mean that solar system? I thought you were talking about my solar dioramas made out of tin foil from left-over pizza. My bad.
I’ve also helped install a larger solar system in one of the parishes in the diocese. As well as our own solar system for our house. And I installed our new solar fridge.
What was the best part about the installations?
Not getting electrocuted.
How have these solar installations changed your life in Rumbek?
We now have lights in our house whenever we want. We can charge our computers. And we can have cold beverages.
Why are you interested in solar electricity?
I’ve been interested in alternative and sustainable energy production for awhile. And I like working with my hands. So I wanted to learn more about this.
Who is your mentor?
His name is Jano Rusnak.
Because he is awesome.
How will these skills be translated into your future life?
You and I are hoping to set up a yurt in Saskatchewan, perhaps. And it would be nice if we could use sustainable energy in that nice place. So I figured it would be a useful skill.
Any last comments?
You are also awesome.