This is from Thursday at Bamyan University. We are making an inventory list for the equipment that we have brought with to the university in our Bamyan University project (more details in my previous blog). Professors Joya and Motamid are helping me with it. Professor Joya has got his master’s degree in Education and Language Learning from Indiana University. I love working with Bamyan University staff.
We were sending all these equipment from the capital Kabul through Parwan to Bamyan which has been a very dangerous way lately. There have been several kidnaps and robbing. I have a smart colleague who put all the 40 laptops and smart phones and internet modems in these metal trunks and locked them all. We rented part of this big Russian truck that regularly makes trips to Kabul from Bamyan and brings back supplies to the stores of Bamyan Bazaar. They put all these trunks in the back of the truck under other supplies so that any potential robbers on the way wouldn’t see it. Everything made it to the university alright and before us.
We labeled all the laptops and the smart phones and recorded their serial numbers on a spreadsheet. I asked Professor Abidy, our main contact at the university to get batteries for the label maker. He brought the AAA Chinese batteries with a brand name of SQMY which looks like Sony with the first glance. The life of the batteries was from turning the label maker on to typing “A-1″ and pressing print button. They died. We had to walk to Bamyan main bazaar, about 10 minutes from the campus to get good quality Energizers.