A few snapshots from my first week. the bird was taken with my phone camera so not as clear. It seems to visit most afternoons. Road trip did not go ahead today (Saturday)but we do hope to see a little more of Zambia while I am here. Means I will bring my visit to Kitwe and Play 4 All forward a bit. xx
Greetings from Zambia.
It is now one week since I left sunny Scotland, arriving here in Zambia on Saturday afternoon, with an uneventful flight from Glasgow via Dubai to Lusaka. Jenny’s plan to pick me up on the Sunday in Lusaka fell through as her car needed urgent brake work done. I therefore swung into Zambian life by getting the Mazhandu bus from Lusaka to Choma. The bus station, even at 7.30am was teeming with life that could only be Zambia. The bus was full and took just over four hours with jenny waiting at the Choma drop off for me with the TATA backie from Chodort and both of us heaving the 30 kilos of suitcase into the back together.
As always Zambia gives a warm welcome and I am gladdened by some of the improvements I have seen so far; however, the situation with water and electric supply is dire. Poor rains last year meant the Kariba dam is very low and unable to power the turbines to full capacity. We therefore have ‘shed loading’ which means different areas got shut down for electric supply for 4 to 5 hours at a time in sequence. Midnight to 5 am; 5-10am; 10-3pm; 3pm-8pm and 8pm to midnight. Unfortunately on Thursday we were off from midnight almost continuously to after 11am then went off suddenly about 7.30pm till after midnight. We have cooked dinner with torches and candles twice this week on the gas cooker. While a minor inconvenience to me personally it means that production in Chodort carpentry is interrupted badly and in other businesses that require electricity it is effecting their production and income which is ill afforded. Of course for many Zambians being without electricity is nothing new as they do not have access to it and all the gadgetry I have access to.
There are many things happening in Chodort with plans for how to use the new classrooms top of the list. The classrooms were previously going to be used to replace the present carpentry and tailoring classrooms. However with another training centre now providing carpentry at a lower cost to students than Chodort can because of a grant we are looking at alternatives. One of these is to start a nursing college to provide local state registered nurses. This is at an early stage of being costed. To that end I visited Choma hospital on Thursday afternoon with Jenny to discuss more detail now that we have obtained the guidelines for opening a nursing college. There is a new block built at Choma hospital since I was last here and it was reassuring to see a modern ambulance but probably not equipped to the level of the UK I think it is the first one I have seen. The old hospital wards were old tobacco sheds and after seeing it yesterday I am so glad they have new wards which will go a great way to improving health outcomes in this part of Zambia.
The Beit trust who provided the finance for the classrooms visited in April to see the classrooms and open them, but on 13th October there is an opening ceremony being planned where the partners’ from Ireland and Germany will attend.
Jenny now has two dogs called Jet and Rocky which double up as guard dogs for the new college classrooms and housing estate. They are now one year old and have boundless energy but now also like sleeping on my feet.
We hoped for Jenny’s car to ‘be better’ today and set off on a road trip early tomorrow so that Jenny could take a few days off and both of us see a bit more of Zambia. We were going to be joined by one of Jenny’s friends from Kitwe; however it will mostly likely just be us two. If the car is repaired on Saturday then we will head to Lake Kariba for a couple of days. Will keep you posted on what we eventually do when I can.
What has been the moment that brought me to tears? Sitting with the staff of Chodort around the kitchen table on Thursday morning at 7.30am hearing their prayers’ of thanks for all they have, for what God showers upon them. Will leave you with that for now.
Items for Praise:
That Chodort staff now have the minimum wage;
For the new hospital.
For the hard work and commitment of Chodort staff.
The new climbing frame and goal posts at Play 4 All
Items for Prayer:
Wisdom for Jenny and her team as the plans for the use of new classrooms progress;
For the health and wellbeing of the staff of Chodort;
A safe and happy but shortened road trip for us.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Lap top or similar Donate one you no longer need
Mobile phones (unlocked to provider in UK) Donate one you no longer need
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.
Here is the link to the new website for Chodort training centre in Choma. Enjoy!
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!