Cant believe more than a week has gone since i last wrote.
still very hot here during the day. chillier at night so sometimes need a sweatshirt on. locals have their jackets on during the day now though.
Had a busy week with Play 4 All which is the scheme that Jenny the Mission partner with the church of Scotland is setting up in a compound called Kimatapa for the children who for most have no formal schooling at all. it is hoped that the project will be self sustaining by local people and then rolled out over other poor compounds. Newmachar Church gave the start up money towards it and the recent fund-raising before i left home was to put in a climbing frame and swings. the children are bright and eager, but without schooling it is difficult for them to learn in a constructive way. the play helps them learn basic things like problem solving etc. they love memory games and jigsaw puzzles once they learn they just keep on doing it as they love managing it eventually. it is humbling to see a 7-8 year old struggling. . to put together a puzzle designed for a 3-4 year old as Jenny estimated there is 4000 children in the compound and we only reach a handful of that. Ernest is a local Zambian and he is the project Manager. other than that everyone else that helps is a volunteer from the local community. Have met Rachel a local Zambian girl who has just returned from doing her degree in dublin. she has got a new job here workin gwith a charity to set up schools here in Zambia. She is excited about it and passioante about education in her country. though it will take some time to filter through all children she sees a lot of hope for Zambia.
I have also been back to Kandabwe where I met the group of older people which Kabuto is trying to set up an organisation called heart of care. we distributed the reading glasses that we could find a match for. the glasses were donated at church and by my now EX colleagues so thank you everyone for them. they are very much appreciated. those we could not fit are to be taken to Kabutos church for further distribution from there.
will post some more pictures for you all. don’t laugh though. the older generation really appreciate it when you were your Chitenge which is the material that you were as a skirt mostly but it doubles up as everything else throughout the day. the younger people like dressing up western style. how anyone can walk in 4 inch heals on these roads is amazing! you aint seen potholes yet until you have been here!
Jenny and the other Church of Scotland mission partners form Zambia and Malawi are meeting in Livingstone this weekend for a support time. i therefore am house and cat sitting to Frankie the cat. Rebecca is looking after another dog called Whoolie (i think that might be how you spell it) for another family though Monday and Tuesday as Rebecca away (will have Rebecca’s dog Colby then as well) Whoolie is not yet sure of me and tends to growl when he initially sees me though if wants fed he will realise who is to feed him!
going with some home carers tomorrow morning to local clinic so being kept very busy.
with Jenny’s car still being a bit unwell we have not been able to get back out to the Maize field to pick the Maize for the Ipusikilo group of ladies that are HIV positive.. unfortunately they have had some of the Maize stolen even though it is very far out of town and quite remote. that was to be food for them and income
I am at the half way mark of my time here. walking round the market like a local!
By for now.