Yesterday wiL, Tobias and I met with Mean Someth the director of Human Resource and Natural Development (HRND). Someth was the person that originally introduced the water gate project to Human Translation back in 2004. HRND has not been as involved with the technical aspects of the project but we discussed the surrounding communities involvement after completion. It was an inspiring meeting. Beyond the water gate, some of the projects HRND are working on are a rice bank, home gardening education, mirco-financing and there were discussions on future projects in language education and encouraging tourism in the area.
Our group has had many discussions about the Water Management Group; the people that will manage the maintenance and operation of the water gate and distribution of water stored in the reservoir. With the community connections developed by HRND it sounds like they are perfectly suited to help with the organization of this management group.