We couldn't believe snow was still creating havoc 3 weeks later when we flew into Wash DC. But we had a great trip in spite of weather challenges and are now home with endless tales to tell!!
Monday, January 27, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
We gave the go ahead on the new classroom block at Chips last month and the three classrooms are already almost up to the roof. Mr Millimo, the head teacher, is the biggest construction watcher. He wants to get the 7th grade added ASAP. He said he would start the new class as soon as the roof was on even if the floor wasn't poured or the windows installed. The only reason he is waiting for the roof is that Zambia is in the rainy season and there is a random downpour every day. Everyone is excited about 7th grade since that is the top and final grade offered in community schools. We've nearly arrived!!
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Neither rain nor gushing paths nor slimy red mud can deter the HealthEd team. Brandishing umbrellas and determination, we ventured down to Chipulukusu this morning for church and meetings. What fun to see our Zambian friends again!
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Thursday, January 9, 2014
If you look really carefully at the picture you will see Jac hard at work on his laptop balancing the trip finances for the day. Unfortunately the electricity has gone off again. Even the little generator at the guest house where we are staying in Lusaka refuses to work. In spite of the challenges, Jac is determined to balance the Kwacha!
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
|Proud owners of Grade promotion Certificataes at Chips!|
|Kasompe kids showing off certificates|
Certificates of achievement are a rather scarce commodity among our school children. We initiated a new tradition this year with a certificate of promotion to the next grade. The school year in Zambia parallels the calendar year so certificates were distributed just before Christmas and children promoted to a new grade. Life is so tenuous for so many of our kids that a piece of paper documenting school attendance, even if only the 1st grade, is a treasured item.
We are safely in Zambia! The weather change has been dramatic. We left KC with blowing snow and 10 degree weather. We are now perspiring in humid 80 degree heat. Everyone is happy and healthy. The students and Jac are at the game park today and Michael and I are working! We are flying to Lusaka in about an hour for appointments with USAID, UNICEF, and other contacts. All is well....
Monday, January 6, 2014
Sunday, January 5, 2014
After 3 days of canceled flights to Zambia and endless hours on the phone rebooking, Lynley Closson, and Karl Bradford optimistically joined us at the Airport Fairfield to monitor weather and flights with Jac on their phones. Paige Robino and Becca Ferguson came a bit later to spend the night. High hopes we will be off to Zambia in the morning.
Friday, January 3, 2014
|R to L Paige Robino, Lynley Closson, Becca Ferguson, Karl Bradford and Sherri. That's Jac behind the camera!|
We have a 5:50 a.m. flight Sunday morning. So we're almost off...
Thursday, January 2, 2014
|Kafwa health workers visiting the homes of the very ill and dying.|