In the desert: Building Week
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September 12th, 2007 – by: Jennyc2007
Later that evening my duffel arrived! (Only 2 days late) After dinner (a lovely pasta dish prepared on the camp fire), I had clean up duty with Mirka, a lovely young woman from Berlin.
It was a bit difficult to sleep with all of the baboon noises, but how cool to not sleep for that reason! Mirka and I prepared coffee/tea and oatmeal for our group, cleaned up, then headed out in an open vehicle to our building site for the week. After unpacking and setting up our site, Mirka and I prepared lunch (bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, salami or PB&J). We then cleaned up and had a 2 hour siesta. Afterwards, we headed to the building site (a water tank on a small rural farm) and begain building the wall. This was done by collecting large river rocks, and peicing them together with a cement/sand mixture. After a bit of work, it was time to head back to our camp site and prepare dinner.
The stars here are incredible! You can see the milky way and the southern cross so clearly! They are just so bright and crisp! When you look up at them, you can see bats flying in the sky. So far, we have seen jackals, sprinkgbok, ostrich and an assortment of other animals...
Today we got up, had breakfast and headed over to our building site to work on the wall. These walls are built to protect the rural farmer's water sources (windmills that pump the water, water tanks and water pumps) from elephants. Elephants, while seeking water, can destroy these precious sites, and it is costly for farmer's to replace and rebuild. These walls allow elephants access without destroying them....this keeps both farmers and elephants happy! To make the walls, we fit the large river rocks together to form a level layer of the wall.
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