Sunday, June 11, 2017

Happy work

The older boys in the Kasompe school have a heavy-duty job  that keeps them smilimg.  They carry water each day  to the cookshack for the porridge the Kafwa make.  Thoughts of the  cracked corn, ground nut, sugar and milk porridge soon-to-be served, make this happy work!

We bid our Zambian friends adieu yesterday and are now in the midst of the neatly 40 hour journey homeward.  Good to go but also always good to come home!!

Comfort food

We knew it was time to get Heather, Sydney, and Melissa home when they began to show a preference for potato chips and Coke over nshima!  

Monday, June 5, 2017


Calling all nshima lovers!  After cooking nshima, greens, pumpkin leaves and chicken for our team,  the never- tiring Kafwa finally  sat down long enough to enjoy dinner themselves.  There's quite an art to rolling the nshima in the palm of your hand, dipping the resultant ball into the greens and popping it into your mouth.  The Kafwa are experts as you can imagine.
 No surprise that the hearty nshima sticks to your ribs as well as your hands!!!


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Date: Jun 1, 2017 8:33 PM
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It's all about bees!!  The Graceland team, Jared Doty, Melissa Sherer, Heather Smith, and Sydney Dorrance introduced a business plan and discussed an income generating program with the leaders at Chipulukusu today. Things are buzzing here!!!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

GAP scholars

What a joyous morning!  We met with 12 of our 7th grade Chipulukusu graduates who are now in secondary school on HealthEd Connect scholarships.  We  have almost 30 students in 8th, 9th, and 10th grade and In two more years will celebrate with our first high school graduates!  As one of our board members said today, 'The sleeping giant has come awake.'.  Once education is made available, lives are changed forever.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

School welcome

What a warm and lively welcome from 500+ children at Chipulukusu this morning.  Wow!!  A production worthy of an Academy Award.  Dances, choreography, songs, speeches and signs declaring LOVE, JOY, and PEACE, welcomed us in abundance.  It was a moving experience to see happy thriving children who, a short time ago, were hanging out on the streets before they had a school to attend.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Thanks to Rotary International, the children in our schools are just about to be introduced to the wonders of the digital age via iSchool tablets creatively loaded with the entire Zambian school curriculum.  The tablets are written in the local language as  well as English so children can hear via audio what they are seeing on the tablet.  Our traveling team had an invigorating meeting today with the iSchool staff as they outlined the learning possibilities.  Exciting times ahead!