February 1, 2018 at 4:50 pm #16365
Dear participants, I created this forum as a space for all of us to present ourselves so we get to know each other a little bit better.
We may also use this forum to share news and interesting events related to the course topic.
Thanks, see you soon!
February 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm #16419
Hello, my name is Damian Indij, you will hear a lot from me in the coming weeks as I´m coordinating this course and I hope you all enjoy the course very much!!
I´m based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from where I work as part of Cap-Net UNDP. I´m very much involved in education for water and sustainable development, and I also teach at Universidad de San Andres (Buenos Aires). I´m married to Andrea and happy father of Jazmin (9) and Benicio (6). I love water in all its forms!! And I hope our work contributes to integration, human rights and environmental protection. I´m very much looking forward to this course, to have all of you as participants from many different countries, and to be able to be doing this together with my colleagues. See you soon!
March 2, 2018 at 6:01 pm #16479
Hello everyone, my name is Gabriela Murillo. I am from Managua, Nicaragua and I work as a hydrogeologist in a governmental institution that is in charge for developing water supply projects in rural areas throughout the country. In that sence, I face the responsibility of evaluate the water source (stream, river, well, etc.) that better suits the particularities of each project. The thing that I enjoy the most is the fieldwork, as I have had the privilege of visiting beutifull places and also to meet wonderfull people.
I am very excited of being part of this course. Nice to meet you all, saludos Fraternos from the land of lakes and volcanoes.
March 5, 2018 at 12:21 am #16480
Good evening to all.
I am Bhawna working with UNICEF in Nigeria. Borehole drilling is integral part of my work from management, technical and monitoring perspective. Looking at the content till now, course is going to be immensely helpful.
March 5, 2018 at 10:29 am #16481
Welcome to the online course on Professional Drilling Management. I am looking forward to getting to know you all online over the coming weeks that we shall be together.
I am based in St Gallen, Switzerland (where we have snow still as you can see from the introduction video). I have worked on this topic – professional drilling management – for over a decade now. This course brings together so much of the learning that many have made on the way. I hope that you get a lot out of the course, and I look forward to learning from you.
March 5, 2018 at 2:50 pm #16486
I am Mohamad From Amman, Jordan. I am working with German geological survey in Jordan, I am doing My Phd at technical university of Munich but i am based in Jordan.
in my Job, we are helping the Jordanian government to have drinking water wellfield management plan. Jordan is considered one of poorest country in the waorld, the Renewable internal freshwater resources per capita is 77 cubic meter in 2014. the water crises was increased after 2012 when the syrian crisis started. the total population of Jordan in 2015 is 9 Million (1.3 Million Syrian refugees, 1.7 Million others ( including Iraqi and Palestinian refugees) and around 6 million are Jordan)
March 5, 2018 at 2:51 pm #16487
I’m ANDRIANARISON Ny Andry. I’m working with UNICEF Madagascar as a Wash Contract Officer. I’m based in Antananarivo. I’m happy to join this course because it’s an opportunity to me to enhance my skills and knowledge for all these topics as mentioned on Professional Drilling Management. Madagascar has a lack on Professional drilling. There’s a lot of companies but quality of work is not the top. So, I think this course will be helpful for me to make this sector better in my country …..
March 5, 2018 at 4:38 pm #16489
Hello everybody! My name is Eneas and I am from El Salvador. I´m very happy to join this very important course. Thanks to all the organizers and sponsors for the opportunity to learn once more. Greetings.
March 5, 2018 at 9:04 pm #16490
I am Kamal Khadka from Nepal. I work with UNICEF Sierra Leone. I am excited to learn since the course is very much useful to me to manage ongoing borehole drilling projects. Thanks for the organizer and providing the opportunity to this course.
March 5, 2018 at 11:55 pm #16491
Greetings from Senegal!
I am Moustapha, hydrogeologist from University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar; I am currently manager of the Africa Groundwater Network, gathering professionals interested in groundwater management. We deliver short training course groundwater management within IWRM.
Happy to be with you for the next weeks, to learn from you !
March 6, 2018 at 10:30 am #16492
Hello everybody! Greetings from St.Gallen, Switzerland!
Im Stephanie, working as Knowledge Manager at Skat Foundation in St.Gallen.
Im glad to be part of the course as support facilitator as it gives me a great opportunity to learn from all of you.
I wish you a pleasant time and a great learning experience!
Enjoy the course and do let us know when you need help!
March 6, 2018 at 10:49 am #16493
Muna Umer MuhammedParticipant
I am Muna from Ethiopia, working with a local NGO in Yemen. One of our main projects is WASH as it is integrated with our Prevention of Cholera project. And it is well known that Yemen is one of the poorest countries lacking of clean water and sanitation.
I am glad to be part of this course and gives me great opportunity to learn from very professional level of people.
Thank you for organizing this course, it is well needed and for this opportunity.
Looking forward for this experience.
March 6, 2018 at 2:28 pm #16494
Hi everyone! My name is Daniel, I’m heading UNICEF Burkina Faso’s WASH programme. Originally I’m from Germany. We do a lot of borehole drilling, and we also work on the sector-wide professionalisation of drilling. Looking forward to learning with you! Best, Daniel
March 6, 2018 at 3:46 pm #16495
I am Yazan from Jordan, I work for UNICEF/WASH in Jordan/the Berm at the Syrian- Jordanian borders, and we are supporting 60,000 Asylum Seekers in the No Man’s Land.
We drilled 1 borehole (590 m underground), we rehabilitated another old one, and we assessed 3 more in order to rehabilitate and equip them.
I am looking forward to get more information and benefits from this course and nice to meet you all. Yazan.
March 6, 2018 at 8:04 pm #16497
Hello there everyone, My name is GIFT JASON WANANGWA. I am in Blantyre, Malawi working for the Malawi Government – Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development. I am a Malawian citizen. I work in the Water Resources Department in the Groundwater Division as a Groundwater Development Officer. I am responsible for Groundwater Monitoring, development and management. I do geophysical surveys, supervising drilling, development, pumping tests and borehole construction.
This course will be very important for me as it will cover a lot of things I deal with every time in my work. I have read several materials from Kerstin Danert and the other course facilitators, they are very good. As participants, please lets share information and exchange ideas and experiences.
Looking forward to share experiences about Malawi.
March 9, 2018 at 8:39 am #16525
Hi Everyone, my name is Jackson Ndayizeye from Burundi and I am currently working with UNICEF in Malawi, my current job is to provide technical support to drilling of both Boreholes with hand pumps and mechanized boreholes. Look forward to learning from each one of you and to gaining much experience. I am also taking this opportunity to thank the organizer for giving me the opportunity to undertake this course on professional Management of water well drilling projects & programmes and for sure this course is very helpful.
March 7, 2018 at 9:23 pm #16503
My name is Ferdinand Njue, a Kenyan national, hydrogeologist by training and working with UNICEF in Somalia as WASH Specialist.
I am looking forward to exchanging experiences and learning from this course.
March 8, 2018 at 10:04 am #16507
Great to get to know some of you a little bit more. I can imagine that you are all getting used to the platform.
To help you a bit, let me summarise Damian’s mail explaining is expected from each participant:
1. Participate –at least one time – in the discussion forum of each module
2. Develop the individual assignment of each module (it is usually a brief essay through which you can deepen, analyse and present your views on the course topics)
3. Answer the quiz (multiple choice questions) in each module.
You are required minimum 40 points to complete the course and receive your certificate. Assignments for modules 1, 2, 3 are worth 10 points each, and assignments for modules 4 and 5 are 15 points each. Forums give 4 points per module, the same as quizzes.
Regardless of this minimum level of 40 points for course completion, we do expect a very high level of activity and interaction from all of you.
March 9, 2018 at 7:45 am #16524
Hello everyone, I’m Rasha Toghlby from Lebanon. I’m a Water and Habitat Engineer at the International Committee of the Red Cross. Many thanks for this opportunity and looking forward to the coming weeks!
March 9, 2018 at 10:33 am #16526
Hi everyone! In case you encounter difficulty using the platform, please send a message, Damian and Hong will follow up.
In case you have question related to technical aspects of the module 1, facilitators are here to discuss these issues in the forum. Your active participation is required.
Have a nice day
March 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm #16542
Hello, everyone!! My name is Obinna Uche and I work with UNICEF in northern Nigeria. I’m happy to be part of this course and hope to learn new things.
March 9, 2018 at 8:18 pm #16550
Hello everyone, my name is Amrita Bandoo and I am from Trinidad and Tobago. I am a geologist, who started to work in the Water Industry straight out of University and fell in love with Hydrogeology. Currently I am working for the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), a government organization charge with the responsibility of providing water to its citizens. Our section is in charge of the drilling of new water wells, where we plan, implement and manage the project from start to completion. Knowledge is always welcome, so when the opportunity of this course came I was really excited ! I really appreciate being here and look forward to learning, in the next couple of weeks. enjoy everyone!!!
March 9, 2018 at 9:48 pm #16551
My name is Diana Balderrama, I am an economist with a master’s degree in international economic relations and integration, a double master in economic development. I am currently working on issues related to migration due to climate change with IOM and in a Green Funds project to restore the ecological flow of Bolivia’s second largest lake (Lago Poopó), which dried up a couple of years ago.
I also work in the management of climatic risks, for this reason I am very interested in the course, since the last disasters that occurred in Bolivia are related to the bad management of watersheds and the over exploitation of aquifers.
A pleasure to meet you all. Regards!
March 10, 2018 at 10:40 am #16553
My name is Noe Reouebmel from Chad. I am Hydraulics engineer. Currently, I Work at UNICEF Chad Country Office as WASH Specialist. Among my job, I am in charge of constructing water facilities including boreholes. Before coming at UNICEF, I worked at Ministry of Water and Sanitation.
Nice to meet al of you by this way and interact with you.
March 11, 2018 at 10:09 am #16555
My name is Jacob Kipkeny, working with UNICEF Kenya Country Office as WASH Specialist based at the Zonal Office in North Eastern Garissa, Kenya. Part of my responsibilities include technical support to partners implementing WASH projects including development of Ground Water sources such as Boreholes and shallow wells equipped with hand pumps. Happy to meet you all and hope to learnt a lot and share experience.
March 11, 2018 at 10:47 pm #16557
My name is Jawaher Al Wadei, from Yemen. I am a project Officer. I am currently working on WASH project and another integrated project which also including WASH.
I am very interested in the course, since in my country Yemen, people cannot access to water in general and clean water in particular, so my organization helps in rehabilitating water schemes as part of the WASH projects which requires me to have a good knowledge about boreholes and other related topics.
A pleasure to meet you all.
March 12, 2018 at 2:49 pm #16578
my name is Sandra, from Madagascar. I am an Hydraulic Engineer of the Malagasy Ministry of Water. I have no more experiences in groundwater and in Madagascar, access to drinking water is low (just 50%) and the rate of the water disease quite high. So, I am very interesting in the course, I attend to have the solutions to increase the access of the drinking water using groundwater and have sustainable infrastructure.
A pleasure to meet you all.
Wishing you all good learning
March 15, 2018 at 10:08 am #16612
My name is Ayman, I am civil engineer and specialist in Groundwater Modeling. I am interesting for water drilling management. I hope for all us the best in this course>
March 21, 2018 at 8:52 pm #16666
My name is Sahnon Abass and I work for UNICEF in Sudan. I am a geologist by background and currently I am managing the UNICEF – Government joint WASH programming in Kordofan region. Drilling of new boreholes is part of the Programme I manage.
March 24, 2018 at 9:50 pm #16695
Hullo everyone, my name is Robert Odong, a WASH Specialist from UNICEF Iraq. I am a civil engineer specializing in design, supervision and management of borehole drilling projects. In the last 10 years, I have been in the field supervising UNICEF’s rural water supply programme in Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan and now in Iraq. I hope to learn from you and share my experiences where possible through this course.
March 26, 2018 at 2:56 pm #16745
Hi everyone, my name is Charles Mutai and I work as a WASH Specialist with UNICEF Somalia. I have experience in development and implementation of borehole drilling projects in Kenya and Sudan. I have over 10 years experience with WASH projects in Kenya, Sudan, Sierra Leone and South Sudan. I look forward to engaging and learning on how to improve the performance of borehole projects for safe water supply
March 29, 2018 at 5:36 pm #16799
Good evening to all.
I am Nirina ANDRIAMBOLOLONIAINA working for UNICEF Madagascar as a Field Support Officer based in the region. Drilling is an integral part of my job: monitoring the application of the construction service provider’s contract, and verifying quality assurance. Looking at the content, the course will be extremely useful.
March 30, 2018 at 7:07 pm #16807
Hi everyone, I’m Renata from Lebanon, working with UNHCR on WASH. I was also working with BGR on a groundwater study in my country. My role at UNHCR in the beginning was coordination of WASH response under the Lebanon Response Plan. Since about 2 years I am the national WASH officer for UNHCR program. Wishing everyone a successful participation !
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