Thank you to some awesome sponsors!

Here is some of the items I have had sponsored so far to take with me to Zambia in only 5 weeks time now.
The pictures don’t include the £400 for the climbing frame which I have already sent to  Jenny for Play 4 All to get started on before I get there.

Thermometers for the clinic

Blood pressure monitors for the clinic

I have reached my limit for carrying any more puzzles but happy to buy some more in Zambia if you prefer to.

I have reached my limit for carrying any more puzzles but happy to buy some more in Zambia if you prefer to.

 Or the £250 from Dyce rotary which I plan to sponsor a student at Chodort with for a year; The sponsored table, building stones, footballs, a weeks worth of buns and peanut butter for the students of Chodort and other donations of money where people have said for me to use where best needed and a lap top!. Thank you everyone. You are wonderful.

I have updated the list of items as there is still plenty to be sponsored.           

Contact me privately if you want to chat about a donation or sponsor an item. 

Selection of reading glasses donated.

Shopping list for organisations in Zambia

Hi, how are you?

Here is the shopping list of items I would love to be able to take out to Zambia with me or purchase once there with the money donated. ALL of the money you donate will go to purchasing the item, either here or in Zambia. You can donate for one specific item if you wish or towards a bigger item. It is up to you. The list reflects the need at this time. If I raise more than the total here then there are plenty other things they need as well! The money will be well spent. I have not included things like fertilizer for Kabutu to sow crops for the Kandabwe group or Caroline with the orphans and Albino community as I have to stop the list somewhere but please contact me if you wish more information on any of the people or organisations.

I do not have a just giving page or alternative. Please contact me via email at  zambia@moiralee.me.uk to give directly either by cheque or cash which I will then bank  for traceability. That way 100% of what is donated goes to the organisations I support. I am happy  to show accounts  of how the money is used and I will post pictures here of what is bought in Zambia.

Play 4 All has a new website at http://play4allzambia.org/  Go have a peak at some wonderful pictures of what they are doing there. 

Thank you in advance for your generosity.  Moira x

The items that are scored through have already been purchased or had the money sponsored for them.

** These items will be bought in Zambia

*** These are approximate prices for now. When I come to purchase I will get the best price possible for the  money donated.

PLAY 4 ALL
Have a look at the FACEBOOK and new WEBSITE link for Play 4 All and my previous posts to see what it  is they do. They have had two break-ins to there building and desperately need to replace what was stolen and what they have is very well used and needs replacing!

Lego                                                   Any donations of used Lego welcome, even a handful!
Floor puzzle x1                                   190/1452 Argos *  £9.99
Wooden dominoes x 2                        749/3263 Argos * £10.99 each
Puzzles and memory games              194/5669 Argos * £10.99
Netball / basketball hoop x 2                                           £30.00 *** approx for 2
Netball’s  X 6         (2 left to sponsor)                             £12 each **
Footballs x 6              (2 left to sponsor)                         £12 each **
Rush mats for porch X 4                                                  £3 each **
Toys for sand pit various                                                  £32  **
Table X 1                                                                            £20 **
Building repairs                                                                £45 **
Wood climbing frame including labour to build                £400 **
Bags of cement X 5       (3 bags left to sponsor)             £9 each **
Swing – material and labour                                             £45 **
Building stones                                                                £30 **                                               
T shirts for the volunteers with Play 4 All logo.               £5 each (2 sponsored so far.)**

 

MASUKU CLINIC I will be assisting with some basic health screening there, but they have no equipment. Masuku is in the bush about 60 kilometres from Choma town.

Thermometers X 10                                                          £50

Blood pressure machine x 4 have been purchased  through donations.                                   Urine testing strips x 8  packs of 100 strips have been purchased through donations

CHODORT TRAINING CENTRE
For  students -Buns and peanut butter- Sponsor lunch for 15 students for 1 week. £10.00 Have had 1 week sponsored so far. More weeks will be very welcome.

MISCELLANEOUS

Lap top or similar                                                    Donate one you no longer need
Mobile phones (unlocked to provider in UK)           Donate one you no longer need

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Greetings everyone and welcome to my Zambian blog

Greetings and thank you for finding My Zambian Blog
The following blog is a written and pictorial account of my three visits to Zambia as a volunteer since May 2012. The ‘journey’ to my first visit to Zambia started some years before and proves you never quite know what will be in your path, but that you must respond to the nudging and opportunities you get.
Zambia and its people are beautiful. Much of what you may read first about some African countries can focus on the negative and lump all African countries together. Africa is a huge diverse continent.  Zambia’s people are warm and joyful, proud of their country, know their national anthem, dance and sing whenever they can, attend church and rejoice on what God has done for them. Does this sound like a country with grinding poverty, going to bed hungry and getting up hungry, 40% of people not in paid formal employment, families torn apart because of HIV and other preventable illnesses, not all children in education? Does it? Does it fit our picture of life here in UK?
Concepts of what is important in life for me have been turned upside down. Strangely it is not when you arrive in Zambia that you feel the difference. You see the difference yes, but you get immersed in everyday life during your time there. (Volunteering is NOT a holiday or sightseeing, though, you can and must make time for the exploration of the country as well) it is on your return, and most people I have spoken to report a sense of being unsettled at the least, then they look around and see all that we have available to us here in the UK and wonder if we are any happier or contented? Everyone’s experience will be different and the following blog is my experience. You may not agree with all that I have written and that is OK. All that I ask is you read it and enjoy hopefully, then contact me if you want to comment or find out more.
There are pages along the top where I am gathering together, hopefully in a more orgnised way,  the information and pictures from the organisation and people I have become involved with since my first visit. This part is still a work in progress. The blog part starts prior to my first visit and is written mostly while I was in Zambia, which will explain any gaps. Each of my visits have been about 8 weeks in duration, which does give you longer to get immersed in life there.
I have had some very special people support me in being able to travel to Zambia, namely my husband Dave and daughter Morag. While in Zambia it is Jenny Featherstone, mission partner with the Church of Scotland and the Methodist church in England who hosts me and looks after me so well. The other wonderful people that I have come to know and love while in Zambia I hope you will meet as you explore my blog.
Thank you for reading this far.

 

Love and blessings

 

Moira Lee

Play 4 All in Kitwe

 

 

 

The eagle eyed will have noticed that the pictures below state that the proceeds of sales will go to Days for Girls. Production of the menstruation packs has been halted until a suitable person has been found to provide the education required when the packs are distributed to the girls. Therefore I am giving ALL the proceeds from the sale of the place mats to Play 4 All in Kitwe. They recently had a break in and they had little enough for the children as it is. In order to replace things like footballs, puzzles and games they will need cash.
I will update pictures with the actual place mats as quickly as I can as some of the items below have been sold.

Many thanks on behalf of the children of Kamatipa compound in Kitwe Zambia.

ITEMS TAKEN BACK FROM ZAMBIA FOR SALE TO SEND PROCEEDS BACK TO ZAMBIA

Wall hangings or large cushions? whatever you want.

Wall hangings or large cushions? whatever you want.

Ready made table mats

Ready made table mats

 A different pattern for table mats.

A different pattern for table mats.

Table mats or cushions?

Table mats or cushions?

More for you!

More for you!

More Chitenge material

More Chitenge material

baskets, bowls, spoons and more.

baskets, bowls, spoons and more.

Bags of every description for you.

Bags of every description
for you.

More bags for you.

More bags for you.

Even more bags for you!

Even more bags for you!

And more!

And more!

Chitenge traditional materials for tablecloths, napkins, bags - whatever!

Chitenge traditional materials for tablecloths, napkins, bags – whatever!

Dear Friends,

The items pictured above were all purchased in Zambia by me with the purpose of raising funds here for the Days For Girls project started by Jenny in Chodort Training Centre. In developing countries around the world many girls (and women) have no access to menstruation products that we take for granted. If they are fortunate enough to attend school they then miss valuable days from school every month during their period. Infection is very common because of what they do use i.e. leaves, rags- anything that might absorb the blood flow.

Days For Girls http://www.daysforgirls.org/ is an organisation that aims to improve this through the making of reusable sanitary pads in a bag for individual use. This makes protection affordable for many more, reduce infection, improve educational skills, give dignity- the list is endless of how it helps.

Jenny is using the small tailoring department of two ladies in Chodort to make the packs out of second hand flannelette sheets purchased in the local market. However; many of the local girls still cannot afford the cost of the pack. The pack should last 3 to 4 years and consists of 1 pair of panties, two holders for pads, 8 pads, a flannel and soap, and instruction leaflet all placed in a drawstring bag. Education of how to use the pads is also necessary ie washing the pads and personal hygiene as the girls have never had a chance to to have any help with this.

Money that I raise will be returned to Jenny for either subsidising the cost to the girls or in the purchase of more cloth to make more packs. As always, anything that Jenny does is aimed at being self sustaining in the future. That simple. Of course you can also donate without purchasing anything. For those of you in countries away from UK there are groups making packs to send which you can find on the website or through facebook.

You can leave a message for me here or private message me on facebook or come and see me at home!

Love

Moira

A fond farewell to Zambia.

I am now home in Scotland and getting used to the lack of sunshine! Had some time to reflect on my time in Zambia. Life in Zambia challenges your senses and your own beliefs of what you think you need to live. I have included some more pictures of my final days in Zambia; however pictures can only tell you parts of the story. I hope I have shared with you the hope of Zambia, the joy of Zambia and Zambians, the hard work of Zambians, the challenges of Zambia and the future for Zambia. I have spoken throughout my blog of the faith and trust that the people of Zambia have in our God, of how they give thanks for the small things. Whatever your faith or beliefs or non, I believe it is why they are such a happy joyful people they are to be around, how peaceful they are with themselves, feel blessed to be in Zambia and so very proud of their country.
I have written about the Days for Girls project to provide affordable sanitary protection which will allow girls to attend school without breaks. Play for All is also very close to my heart and I will continue to support them as well as Kabutu in Kandabwe and Caroline with the albino people group and the orphans she cares for.
I have taken home some items made in Zambia like woven baskets, wooden bowls and materials, some already made into things like bags and table mats. My hope is that maybe you will purchase an item and I will then send the profits back to Jenny in Chodort Training Centre to allow her to subsidise the cost of the Days for Girls sanitary packs for the most vulnerable they are now making . www.daysforgirls.org   for more information.
Thank you so much for your support and encouragement..
Moira