Dear Diary: 5 days constructing sand dams with the Nyungwe in Mozambique. Days 3-5

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Chris carrying a large stone on the sand dam site.
Day 4- The wooden structure that supports the dam wall during construction

The wooden structure that supports the dam wall during construction.

Day 5- First stages of construction the dam wall using cement and stones

The sand dam wall is constructed using cement and stones.

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Traditionally carrying rocks (used to increase the strength of the sand dam wall) is seen as a women’s job here, but I wanted to get involved. Grasping the rock against my chest, I struggled for the 300+ metre walk with the large stone, and with it came great respect for the strength of the Nyungwe women."

Christopher Purnell, Excellent Development Programmes Officer.

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