02 – 04 Jan 2019

Another scorching day in Malongane. But that did not dampen our spirits – lots of fluids and we are as right as rain.

Today we finished creating steps in the pathway using branches that were cut during the clearing process. Some places seemed a bit steep for us but the locals walk up and down it as if it is level ground.

Pathway steps in place

With the electricity finally sorted, the borehole pump running and the pipes all in place, and after flushing the system, we were ready to open the tap we installed next to the pump house at the bottom of the property for the community. This was the moment of truth. What a magnificent sight, praise our Lord, borehole water was gushing out of the tap. Nearly immediately, some local children brought their drums and started filling it with water.  Running water is not something that is found at every homestead. Some of the locals have to walk quite a distant to fill their drums with borehole water.

Whilst we were doing the last little bit of fixing, some of the local children were sitting nearby eating berries from the trees whilst waiting for us to finish.

Once we got back to the temporary camp, we installed a tap for the camp as well. This was such a luxury to us as we were over the moon. Until now, just like the locals, we also had to walk to our neighbour’s homestead to fetch drums of water for cooking and cleaning.

Running water in camp – YAY!

As the afternoon progressed, we started clearing some more in the campsite. Mario has proved that he is not afraid of heights (something Amos and Kathy stay away from) and climbed the trees to cut loose the creeper ropes. We are not sure what it is called but we named it Tarzan ropes. They grow quite thick, some of them the width of a tree stump. It grows all over the place and strangle the trees. It climbs in the trees and crawls back to the ground and sinks its roots under the ground then it pops up again a few meters away and up the next tree.

Mario cutting the Tarzan ropes loose

For the last two days we continued clearing brushes at the camp site. The clearing is time consuming. We used pangas, axes, hand saws, chain saws and pruning sheers to mention a few. At night we had great laughs comparing who had the most dirt on them before washing up for dinner. Having water in camp has certainly made everything so much easier for us. We had access to water right in camp to have our bath and showers. Much needed cleansing I must add.

Today, Friday is the last day that Amos and Mario is with us. Tomorrow they will be going home (Homoine in Inhambane province in Mozambique) for 10 days for a much needed rest.

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