Hut Construction

The mud bricks that are used to construct huts are covered with a stucco made from dung, sand, and water.  This type of construction has been used for centuries, and while the Senegalese often prefer a more modern cement house, the traditional hut is much cooler in the extreme heat of the desert in addition to being cheaper to build.

Below:  Looking up at a hut ceiling. 
     Shannon had an experience at the beginning of the rainy season that demonstrated the superiority of a straw roof. She was visiting a fellow PC Volunteer whose modern roof caved in right on top of them with the weight of the water.  Shannon returned home and found her own hut intact, and when she shared the story with the people of her village they were proud that they had constructed a good hut for their volunteer. 

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