Date: 22 to 30 April 2017
Journey number: RD 2017
Cost: £485.00 plus flight
Project Materials: Costs for dam materials and labour to be raised by group
Please contact Rachel Devas if you are interested in joining this journey. Rachel’s contact details are rachel’at’devas.me.uk or 0117 942 1120.
The Makhad Trust group will meet in Sharm el Sheikh then travel to St Katherine by minibus and spend the first night at Fox Camp, the backpackers hotel. The next day we will walk up into the high mountains to an area called Farsh Rumana. Here we will camp in a bedouin garden where our Bedouin guides and hosts will prepare our meals for us. For the next four days we will work with a team of Bedouins building a small dam. This dam will stop the flash floods and preserve the water for the Bedouin gardens and wells lower down the valley. Once the work is completed we will return to St Katherine where we will have the opportunity to visit the famous fortified monastery of St Catherine, and there will also be a chance to purchase products from Fansina, a local enterprise employing Bedouin women to make beaded, embroidered bags.
For the walking and dam building a moderate level of fitness is required but no particular skills are necessary.