Riots won’t stop Wrexham’s Andy
A 23 year old from Gwersyllt, Wrexham, is swapping his day job as an air conditioning engineer, for 6 months drilling boreholes in Nigeria.
Andrew Swindley currently works for ACS Air Conditioning, based in Pentrebychan. On Wednesday 10 February he will travel to Jos, central Nigeria, to work with a team drilling 200 metre boreholes in villages that have no access to clean water.
Andrew will be volunteering for TASTE, a Christian charity that has provided 70 Nigerian villages with boreholes since 1999. One borehole can provide clean water for up to 2000 villagers.
“I was at a conference in the summer and met a man involved in this charity that helps Nigerian villages that have no clean water to drink.” Said Andrew. “They drill boreholes in areas where hand wells can’t be dug. I reckoned that my plumbing skills might come in handy.”
“My job in Jos will be to help the borehole drilling team, by drilling holes up to 200 metres deep, fitting water pumps and doing basic plumbing work. I am a trained plumber and I currently fit air conditioning so I have a very basic knowledge of mechanics and engineering.”
Andrew says the recent rioting in Jos does not worry him: “Jos is well known for its conflicts but, most of the time, I’ll be in a village in the back of beyond. The main thing is that I’ll be able to help those kids who have to get up in the dark and walk 5k every morning, just to fetch water for their family. We just turn on a tap but they have probably never even seen a tap.”
TASTE’s Chief Executive, Steve Horton, said: “Andrew’s plumbing and air conditioning skills will come in very useful with the drilling team. At the moment they have to bring in an outside plumber whenever pipe runs or electric cabling are required. As part of the terms of his service in Nigeria as an expatriate professional, Andrew is expected to pass on his skills to the team he works with so that when he leaves they will be able to continue without him.”