Day 4 – A Dam good day!

Today we got up under our mosquito nets and headed to the main room and had a delicious breakfast. Tea and coffee, oats, corn flakes bread an spreads…living the high life! But of course the food was to power us up for a big day of hard work!

First we were greeted by two beautiful elephants and we fed and chilled with them for awhile before they decided they were bored of us and the forest was much more interesting.

Good morning elephants!

Good morning elephants!

Getting up close and personal

Getting up close and personal

So we headed into the forest the other way and stopped at a trickle of a stream. We we going to build a dam! Many were skeptical that this trickle could create any big body of water but it was off to work anyway…trust me 🙂 initially the work consisted of clearing the land around the small stream of weeds, roots, fallen branches and any other debris. After it was all clear, it was time to dig out a few trenches and fill them up with sand bags…taken from nearby where the dam would be. We formed an extremely efficient conveyer belt of dirt being loaded into bags and placed them along the river bank. It was hard and hot work but everyone was in high spirits and worked amazingly well. By lunch time there was a major difference to see!

The trickle that was to become a dam

The trickle that was to become a dam

Removing the leaves and debris

Removing the leaves and debris

Steph almost lost in the forest!

Steph almost lost in the forest!

Look who came for a visit

Look who came for a visit

Conveyer belt!

Conveyer belt!

Daniel and Martin digging the dirt...looking manly

Daniel and Martin digging the dirt…looking manly

Lunch was again a delicious buffet style of food. The owners here are vegan and so we are living as vegans for a week! So far the food has been so amazing (and some very good meat imitations) that I’ve had no complaints yet…and I can’t see any occurring; only some requests for Oreos and chocolate bars!

After lunch it was back to work at the dam. More sand bag filling, singing amongst the group some hilarious mishaps and we could already see the water levels rising from that tiny trickle. It was a good feeling when we left for the day and knew we would be back tomorrow morning to finish it off. Once back we relaxed for our hard day on balconies and watched the locals play volleyball.

Bree looking worried!

Bree looking worried!

The dam when we left at the end of the day

The dam when we left at the end of the day

It was another yummy dinner and documentary night. Filled with laughter, cards and other games everyone is getting to know each other great and it’s nice to just sit around talking and going to bed early when the lights go out 🙂

Good night and a good tomorrow!

~ Jess

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