September 13th, 2007 – by: Jennyc2007
After siesta yesterday, we returned to the wall and finished it! YAY! James (one of the farmers we built it for) came to our camp site and asked me to take a few photos of him with our group...he seemed excited to see them on my camera. At camp, Dan, Mirka, Edwin, Birgit and I hiked up a kopji and watched the sun set. The sun is so brilliantly red here! My camera fails to capture it. Dinner was VERY VERY spicy (oops....someone added way too much pere pere!!) Yikes!
This morning (9/13) we got up early as usual (6:30am), and after eating, headed to our new building site--the water pump, to begin a new wall. We dug a trench around the pump, filled it with small rocks and cement (which is made by mixing 10 shovel fulls of sand, 1 /2 shovels of cement and water and mixing in a wheel barrow).
Leon and Michael carrying 50kg bags of cement
We had to use pick axes to dig because the ground was so hard. We pumped our own water...my arms became tired pretty quickly! The water tastes horrible--very metallic, but so far nobody has gotten sick... It's so hot that I am downing 8 liters or so per day and taking hydration tablets. Even so, I got dizzy several times during the day. No showers during building week either, so we are all VERY dirty! It's so hot that the girls have been rinsing off in the animal trough....it works, but we all smell like goats.
The Mapani bees (small buzzing flys that go for moisture and attack your eyes, nose, ears and mouth) are driving me nuts! We burn elephant dung to keep them away. Surprisingly, it doesn't smell bad at all!
This is such an amazing experience. I wish I could stay longer!!