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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

RIP Rosa 2 comments

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We were woken up at 5:30 and had to be ready to go by 5:45 for the game drive. We divided into two vehicles and we were off for the safari which we all were very excited for.

The drive was unreal and absolutely amazing to see so many animals in God’s creation and not in a zoo. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and had eyes like a hawk. Adam asked our guide if he had built in binoculars in his eyes he was that good. There were tons of impalas, warthogs, and various birds that somehow Adam knew all the names of. We saw a few herds of elephants, a couple dazzles of zebras, some saw a tower of giraffes in the distance, several rafts of hippo – just to share our new knowledge of what certain groups of animals are called. Plus we even saw a lion! Jerry who has been on a safari three times had never seen a lion before so we were very fortunate to have seen one. The two vehicles saw each other occasionally since our guides tried to show us as much as possible. The tour ended too soon and we were back by 10:00.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Five Quacha wacha wacha 0 comments

Today was a travel day; we started off by saying our farewells to the CCAP staff and gave them some parting gifts.  Some of the group ran to the local markets to buy last minute Zambian shirts, flags and head socks (toques). We then crammed all our luggage into Rosa and headed out from Lundazi. It was bittersweet for most of us as we felt the trip was too short but at the same time missed our families in Canada.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Singing and a school visit 0 comments

-After breakfast we went to the local church in the compound for the 8:30 English service

-We sang in front of the church, a few either read a verse, prayed, or introduced the group and what we were doing with Edu Deo

-There was a brief break between the English service and the Tumbuka service which was at 10:30

-There were many different groups that sang and it was very interesting to hear

-After our song and group introduction with Philemon translating (which the congregation found hilarious since we’re all kinda related) we headed back to the guest house

-Amanda, Jodie, and Rebecca helped prep supper and we learnt how to make the delicious tomato sauce

-After lunch we headed off to Mawase school where a previous HANDS team had built a similar classroom floor plan

-It looked really good and it was great to see the finished product – the school will be used in January

-After a pop and cookies we drove back to the guest house

-One last night of playing with the kids was a lot of fun – the swing, soccer, and singing are always a hit with them.

-We had supper – showers – devotions

-It is very bittersweet to have our last night here, it definitely has been an unforgettable trip


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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Shake it! 0 comments

Since we’re catching up from yesterday, we’ll just summarize what we did:

- Visited a beekeeper  since there are 5 team members involved in beekeeping

-He showed us around his property and we got to see a few of his hives

-They hang their hives in trees to prevent ants from getting into the honey

-It was interesting to see different plants and trees along the way

-We heard a few of their struggles, so the team will try to think of a solution so they can use their wax instead of throwing it away which they’re doing now.

-Then we headed off to  Hoya school

-We had a couple hours before lunch so some went to help the workers with a bit of brick laying and others spent time with the children

-For the first time, all the HANDS team and the workers had lunch together and after we gave them gifts (a shirt and gloves)

-We then had closing ceremonies which was full of dancing and speeches

-It was colourful, vibrant, and a little embarrassing

-Each team member at one point had to join in on a dance which made all of the community laugh

-It was a great ceremony and we felt very moved

-We left the school a few soccer balls, pumps, and textbooks which they really appreciated

-After a lot of handshakes and farewells we headed back towards the guest house

-Along the way we stopped to look at a village cemetery and the local village people came to inform us about it

-Folkert than fulfilled his dream of going on a oxen cart – in a beautiful sunset

-We got back to the guest house at dark and had a late supper

-Showers, devotions, and a game of Wizard to top the night off

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