Update from Abderrahim Ouarghidi, HAF's Project and Training Manager:
Digging of the trenches (in which the drip irrigation system will be installed) has just been completed. As explained in an earlier report, this is particularly difficult work in such rocky, steep terrain. Wherever possible, a truck was brought in to dig, but wherever it was too steep to operate the truck, the villagers came out en masse to dig manually.
The painstaking digging has finally been completed, and as of last week, the trenches and 4 irrigation wells had been completely dug, as had the holes, which are now ready to receive the 8,000 transplanted trees after the drip system has been installed.
Once the materials arrive, the drip system will be installed in the trenches, at long last delivering water to the holes. In the meantime, the trees will continue to be cared for in their temporary homes until after the drip irrigation system has been completely installed, at which time they will be transplanted into the newly dug holes (their permanent homes) in the rocky terrain.
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