On the bus to Ndola to catch our homeward flight. Lively looking group?? job well done now to relax..
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
All lined up in front of the door to their classroom, the fifth grade class went through an impressive set of exercises. When they finshed I expected the head teacher to give the word for them to enter the class room. Instead she sent them on a quick trash pickup exercise. After fast dashinq around the school yard they finally reassembled and quietly filed into their room hopefully refreshed and ready to learn.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Ribbon cutting ceremonies are beginning to be our new norm. What fun! The dignitaries turned out, the ribbon was cut, songs were sung and speeches given today (that's Jac in the picture) at the Kasompe Community School of Peace. The highlight of the event, however, was a speech read in perfect English by one of our newly promoted 5th graders. What a joy to see the proof of the school's success. There is still considerable work to be done such as the drop ceiling but the structure is up. Tomorrow we start a 3 day program in the classrooms. We are missing Stu, Michelle and Shandra who left a couple of days ago but we are trying to carry on the programs they started.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
Sitting around the table tonight processing today's visit we asked ourselves why does everyone love Zamtan? It's hard to put your finger on it but polite, enthusiastic, adorable kids could be a big part of the answer! The Kafwa are also amazing. They took us home visiting today to meet some of their clients. We had just gotten started when it started pouring rain. Our Kafwa hostess hastily ushered us to her mud brick home where we spent the next 30 minutes cozily enjoying the sound of rain pounding on the tin roof of a house the size of a walk in closet. And loving every minute of it!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The water only runs 3 days a week at the school and with all of the construction our holding tank ran dry. That meant we could not serve porridge lunches since large pots of water are needed. But today the water was on and lunch was served. Many of the spoons we purchased last year have disappeared but being the little survivors they are the kids did not miss a beat. They picked a fresh leaf from the mango tree and used it to scoop porridge from their bowls.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The kids in the picture are "teeth" being brushed by Hilary. None of the children had ever visited a dentist. Having Dr. Waite come to the classroom and teach fun lessons with his wife, Michelle, was really special. Tomorrow they are going to plant moringa seeds in paper cups and learn how to grow food that makes teeth healthy. We are having a great time with the children in the classroom! The teachers are doing an impressive job and are excited to have the new ideas introduced by our team.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Today we had an enjoyable but long bus ride from Lusaka to Ndola. The best part of the whole trip was seeing our HealthEd Connect Zambian Representative, Gershom, waiting to greet us!
Again we have terrific pictures but can't get them loaded. BIG BUMMER!
Friday, January 11, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013
|Jac the lion tamer|
Don't be alarmed...we always send Jac in first to be sure the lions are in a good mood before the rest of us go in. Actually those are baby lions and there's no mother lion in sight. The orphan baby lions are cared for at the Lion Park in Jo'burg. This is our second day in route trying to stay awake for our next flight to Livingstone. What a fun way to kill time!!
Sunday, January 6, 2013
We are all safely on board our flight to London. Plenty of white knuckles already. We only had a 50 minute connect time scheduled and left KC 15 minutes late. Our new mantra "may the jetstream be with you" saved us. We actually arrived on time. They were already loading when we got to the gate however.. But Josh and Max did not have boarding cards. The flight was oversold. But we got preference and all are aboard. They just announced the turn off electronic.....
|The friendly skies of South African Airways|