November 27, 2014

Irrigating Zambia

Hope 2 - Kyndra's Hearts for Zambia HANDS Team:

Today started off with a tour of the CCAP new dawn preschool.  The 40 plus children showed us their preschool rooms and sang us a few songs; it was very emotional for us to see the young children sing with such passion and joy.  We were all glad to see Rosa back and ready for action along with a new driver named Jack.  As we headed out towards Hoya Paul astutely noticed a farmer and his wife irrigating their crops from a shallow pit using a stairmaster style driven foot pump.  After we all screamed for Jack to stop we all piled out of the bus to observe the rare sight.  The farmers showed us his crops of tomato, corn, pumpkin, raip which is similar to kale, papaya, and some melons.  This simple pump is giving him a huge advantage to provide for his family.  As we were talking to him a cattle farmer approached with his herd and we all got a laugh at his son and daughter throwing rocks at the cows to help direct the herd. Adam asked about certain breeds of cows and he told us they only have a word for cows with horns and another for ones with horns. He said they give each cow a name so we told him he should call a particularly grumpy cow Adam.

 We were happy to have a bit of cloud cover at the worksite today. We helped pour a cement cap on the footings. This cap helps control ants as they are not able to walk upside down on it and enter the building. Tomorrow we will begin building the walls on this cap.

 We ended the day a bit earlier and had a tour of the nearby health clinic. The nurse there told us some interesting facts. Every Zambian gets free health care. Some of the vitamins are provided by the Canadian government. Outside, behind the clinic, is where they incinerate the medical waste in a pit.

After the clinic, Philemon led us to a nearby village for a tour.  We talked to the family and learned a bit about how they live. The young couple there had a newborn son and some of the woman asked to hold him.  Jody was the last and ended up with a lap full of pee.

The ride home was again a bumpy ride as we took a different route, apparently shorter but not really faster as it is much rougher.  It has been an emotional day for many of us. 

Comments:

Jeremy
Nov 28, 2014 at 12:30 am

Hey everyone keep checking back on the old posts as we will post more pictures as we get time to sort through them. Keep the comments coming we look forward to hearing from back home.

Jeanette
Nov 28, 2014 at 9:23 am

The daily blogs are amazing, feels like we are part of your experience and so nice to see pictures also. Hugs from Home, John and Jodie. xx

Evelyn
Nov 28, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Enjoy the heat over there. We are freezing here back in Alberta -30 plus windchill!

Rev. Jerry
Nov 29, 2014 at 1:08 am

Greetings from Nova Scotia! Thursday was a snow day in most of New Brunswick- they had 30-40 cm of snow- and Northern

Nova Scotia had about 10cm. It is icey now and -8C but going up to +8C on Sunday. I plan to finish wrapping my bees on Sunday. I also plan to help another beekeeper (Paul Dickie) extract honey for a 3rd beekeeper who is not well (Phil Janz).

Keep up the good work and remember there is not limitation

on laughter!

Tony
Nov 29, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I wish you all well with your good works. Your enthusiasm and concern is palpable, and it's good to see there is play as well as work. I heard the chainsaw running all day up the road, so Lucas must be cutting your wood to keep you warm when you return to the true north strong and cold, Paul. We had a 15 degree day last week and an 11 degree day predicted for tomorrow in Debert... so you made the right call on indoor storage. All the best. - Tony

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