27 August 2012 Build week Manda Foo

Building walls & Patrolling through elephants and giraffes

Elephant Human Relations Aid Field Blog

27 August 2012 Build week Manda Foo

We arrived at base camp at 5pm when the afternoon sun bathed our treehouse, the stone domes and the harsh red rocks across the dry river bed.  With only leaves and the night sky overhead we shared our first dinner together and got acquainted with the weeks routine.  The moon came out and slept with us all week.

Our task for the week was to build a four sided wall to protect a water source on a farm.  Among us we mixed cement and sand, collected rocks from a nearby defunct wall and sand from the riverbed.  Rock run, sand run and more mix became the punctuating cues of our building task – everyone resigned quickly to being in a dusty and crusty state.  That’s a euphemism, we were filthy.

The work is hard and mainly done in the punishing sun, but it…

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