|One step at a time|
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Sunday, February 14, 2016
The Zambia team (Jac and Sherri Kirkpatrick, Mike Keeble, and Lauren Hall) arrived back on U.S. soil Friday evening after being in transit 40 hours (Ndola Zambia to Jo'burg South Africa, to London, to Chicago, to Kansas City)! Great trip but always good to be home.
Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at HealthEd Connect!
Thursday, February 11, 2016
|Edith holding Violet in 2011|
We first met Edith 5 years ago when she assumed responsibilities to raise her grandchildren, Violet, and Bwaya. In addition, Edith cared for a "mentally ill" sister who came from the village. At that time Edith was having problems with her legs and unable to walk. The Kafwa visited her regularly, assisted her with gardening, and literally got her back on her feet. She said their visits "Bring me strength."
Edith had a tough life. Her father died in a mine disaster and her husband passed away in 1994. Edith herself went to school through the 4th grade and was determined her grandchildren were going to go even farther. The last time we saw Edith she was an enthusiastic participant at the PTA meeting.
Edith's story is not unlike thousands of grandmothers throughout Africa. Incredibly resilient heroes raising grandchildren against all odds.
What a treat to follow the Zamtan Kafwa into the homes of the clients they care for weekly! Over the years we've become good friends with one in particular, Sophie, an elderly woman who suffered a stroke some time ago and has come to rely heavily on the Kafwa. We always look forward to visiting Sophie when we're in Zamtan. It's like following celebrities when you're included in the Kafwa entourage.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
|Isaih hard at work|
So what does a School Treasurer do in Zambia?
- Keep track of expenditures
- Withdraw funds from the bank to run the school
- Pay the teachers
- Purchase and transport food for the school meals
- Negotiate rates with contractors
- Monitor construction of new classrooms
- Send copies of ledger, bank reports, and budgets to HealthEd Connect on a quarterly basis
- Attend School Board meetings
- .....AND find time to farm to care for his family!
Saturday, February 6, 2016
From: "Sherri Kirkpatrick" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Feb 6, 2016 8:55 PM
Subject: Babies front and center
Mother's chatted and shared news as they showed off their decked-out babies at the monthly Under 5 Clinic yesterday. This week was special! The district health officer prepared a variety of nutritious foods for toddlers. It's doubtful any of these recipes are offered by Gerber but just in case you want to check, here's the list: mashed avocado and sour milk, rice and mashed white beans, pounded hamburger mixed with pumpkin leaves, kapenta, and nshima.
The Kafwa are recognized by the health department as a go-to group when they need to get something done. In addition to providing them with training sessions and flip chart nutrition books, they've also given each Kafwa a purple smock to wear while weighing the babies. Nice recognition for our Kafwa!
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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Can you imagaine the thrill of unlocking the secret of those funny shaped squiggles other people call alphabet letters? Go Pinkey!
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
|Tracie Twombly delivering antibiotic ointments to Sherri|
In the meantime other families and church groups pooled their good wishes for Christmas and collected 180 tubes!! There is absolutely nothing that makes the health workers any happier than the antibiotic ointments. You cannot purchase them in developing countries (I know I've tried!) so even the hospital staff beg the health workers to share with them.
These little items are truly miracles in a tube! Every health worker can tell you stories of the miracles performed for clients who had leg ulcers for years or children with infected burns or people who walked miles to reach them in quest of the "magic" ointment.
Monday, February 1, 2016
What a Royal welcome!! All 427 children at Chipulukusu lined up this morning to sing songs, give readings, make speeches and otherwise warmly welcome us to Young Peace Makers. One little girl in the front row belted out every song with such gusto we're positive she'll be hoarse for days! The whole complex was charged all day with tangible excitement that culminated in the afternoon with the ribbon cutting for the new school block.
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