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Friday, November 15, 2013

Farewell Ceremony 0 comments

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We went to Mwase this morning to have our Farewell Ceremony.  We arrived in celebrity fashion a half hour late due to waiting for our driver.  But, that is fine in Zambia since they weren’t ready either, and a half hour later, we were ready to begin.  You couldn’t even begin to imagine how they celebrated our being at Mwase.  It was an honour and a privilege to be a part of the ceremony.  We also participated with singing our Canadian National anthem. Then we did a skit of all the different things we learned on the job site including everything spoken in Tumbuka.  It was a lot of fun!  Then we finished off with a Bemba song called “Taqwawa uwawa  ga Yesu” (There’s no one like Jesus) with the whole school joining us.

After a 2 hour program, we said to good-bye to all our new friends from Mwase,  from the parents, to students, to the construction workers, the teachers, we will have memories that we will cherish for a long time.  From the faces of the children when they were so happy to see us or touch us, and some that were scared of seeing white people.  Memories of working and praying with people that didn’t understand us, and we didn’t understand them, and still being able to build a building.  The students  that were so excited to see the bricks finally being used to see more classrooms that they will be able to use for this generation and the next!  The teachers were so excited that they will be able to have meetings in their “staff room” instead of a small office.  There was also much appreciation to our family, friends and church families in Canada for their financial and prayer support for making this trip possible to all of us that were here.

-Valerie

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sorry for the delay with our last blogs, but here they are! 0 comments

We started our day visiting a local Health Clinic then to the hospital.  We walked through the children’s ward then onto the maternity ward.  We were able to see lots of babies that had just been born and 2 sets of twins.  If you think Canada has a shortage of doctors, think again!  They have 1 doctor for every 100,000 people in Zambia.  So in short, that means they have around 135 doctors for all of Zambia.  That’s crazy!

So then we were off to Mwasa again for work.  Since our transportation died the day before we needed new transportation.  Well, we didn’t get a bus that’s for sure.  We had a 12 passenger van for 18 of us!  That was NOT fun.  It was cramped and hot.  But at least our 45 minute drive went down to 35 minutes.  That’s us!  Always looking at the positive!  We finally got a new job at the worksite today.  They use up the broken bricks to lay as the flooring  and pour concrete over top.  So we laid down the bricks in a jigsaw puzzle format for the rest of the day.

-Valerie

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Unexpected day off! 0 comments

We had an unexpected day off!  We were sooooooo excited!  There was a funeral in the village of Mwasa, and all the workers would be attending.  So we started out the day going to a community school called  Kaponga Hills  .  It was fun showing up there and the kids came running out of the school to greet us!  It was interesting to hear their challenges about their 2km. walk to get water, and the lack of student materials.  But they are very happy with the building that they are now able to use instead of being outside under a tree.  We then started back to the guest house.  They say you haven’t really experienced Zambia if you haven’t had a break down.  So now we have had the “true” experience!  Our bus broke down.  We pulled over to the side of the road with a trail of oil behind us.  We got out of the bus as our hosts tried to get us some more oil.  To fill the time we started singing, and before you knew it we had people from a local village joining in on our fun.  After waiting 1.5 hours, we hadn’t been rescued yet, so we decided to jump start the bus and continue as far as we could go.  We made it back to the guest house on God’s good graces, and the bus was now and forever “kaput”!  We then went to the market again in the afternoon to do some shopping.

For dinner tonight we had a surprise!  We split up into 4 different groups and went to our friends from CCAP’s homes.  We all had a great time and enjoyed meeting their families and seeing what their homes looked like.

-Valerie

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Monday, November 11, 2013

It's HOT out here! 0 comments

Today was very hot.  We were told it was almost 40 degrees.  That made a full day's work a challenge.  But we are always very thankful for the breeze we get at the worksite.  We continued with backfilling and stomping the foundation.  And let’s not forget the unending job of sorting bricks! 

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