July 17, 2019

Day 8 - Firsts and Lasts

Discover & Learn Zambia HANDS Team:

It’s 5:30 a.m. and the doors start opening, the rooster starts cock-a-doodling, the fires are started, the showers turn on, the red dirt is being swept, the call to prayer is heard and the horns start honking.  Everyday has been the same.  We may not WANT to wake up that early, but this is when the day starts here in Lundazi.  Now that we are getting used to it, we are soon to say goodbye. Tonight will be our last night here at the CCAP guest house.

Today was our last school visits day.  What we have learned and discovered is that each day and each school visit brings something new.  Today we visited Msuzi Primary and Secondary school.  We wondered what more we would or could learn at this school. God provided a new learning yet again.  Today we were able to have rich, personal and professional conversations with our Zambian colleagues.   We met them in their “staffroom” which consisted of tables under a tree as they do not have any indoor spaces built due to budget limitations.  They graciously offered us refreshments that they had purchased out of their very limited budget as a gesture of welcome and an expectation to share stories and resources.  Once again, we were blessed and inspired by them and their amazing hopes, dreams, drive and enthusiasm for the teaching profession, their schools and their community.

 Mphamba Primary and Secondary school was the next and last place on our visiting schedule for our entire trip.  This school had the largest school population that we had seen thus far with over 1000 students. We specifically went there to see the well that was built in the spring.  What has always struck us was how one well can impact an entire community in a positive way, which then impacts their student learning. 

This afternoon we spent time debriefing and filling out our evaluations.  We were given our first traditional Zambian chitenge (skirt) and a farewell cake.  Some of our team for the first time, butchered and plucked our gift of chickens from yesterday’s school visit.  We proudly ate the chicken for supper having a Zambian KFC dinner which included French fries, fried chicken, coleslaw and coke.

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. (…) Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him. – Psalm 127:1a, 3a

These verses from God’s word summarizes some of our ‘whys’ for coming on this Discover and Learn trip.  God needs to be the centre of all the things including building schools here in Zambia.  We discovered and learned that God is real here and is the centre of all the teaching here.  We discovered that the futures of the children of Zambia is very important to the families and communities to be sure that their children will have a better life. 

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