The most serious of the Kinkajou malfunctioned occured in Sendala, where the film advance mechanism had become stuck. The film had come off the spools and was jamming the machine, but did not tear.
Despooled film inside the Sendala Kinkajou
View of spool and advance mechanism
Here the school Parents' Association pooled their resources to purchase an oil lamp for the classroom. Unfortunately, the light from this lamp was insufficient and there were 18 pocket flashlights being used by individuals.
The karamogo also reported an imbalance in the battery case. Upon inspection, it was found that the battery had become glued to the opposite side of the case.
Opening up the battery case reveals the source of the imbalance
During classes, the Kinkajou projection was quite small and hard to discern. Field rep Ousmane Samake coached the karamogo on adjusting the size of the projection and on rewinding and advancing the microfilm.Posted by Matt Eckelman at May 11, 2005 04:30 PM