By Jodi Holzman
|An example of water sources used by the community.|
I have been away at language school for the last seven weeks near Iringa. When I left, the self-help groups were just signing their MOU's and had not started any work on the sites yet. The sites were selected however as Ben from SASOL was here the week before I left to conduct the surveying of the sites.
|The women of Soweto.|
This week the cement and rebar will be delivered to the sites and the self-help groups will start the actual construction of the sand dam. Eliude arrived from Kenya late last week and is here from SASOL to teach the local masons (each group must have at least one mason) and our mason, Shomari on the sand dam construction.
I have spent a lot of time the last few weeks taking pictures so here is a selection of them for you. They will give you a much better idea of what has been accomplished in the last two months.
Photos courtesy of Jodi Holzman and Matt Kaeb.
|A long, deep trench at Kawawa.|
|Collecting more rock for sand dam.|
|Women collecting rocks.|
|Trench at Soweto.|
|Terraces with vetiver grass.|
|Banana trees and garden.|
|Bringing sand up from river to mix with cement.|
|Making cement blocks.|
|Masons at work.|