To start we are very happy to be in Zambia after traveling for more than 60 hours, across 3 continents, 4 countries and 10 different time zones! We were greeted at the airport by Philemon Ngoma our guide and CCAP Team Co-ordinator from Zambia. We are greatful for Philemon as he has been very helpful in answering all our questions.
Our first day in Zambia, we began the day by travelling out to visited the Mwase Day School and building site. We got a tour of the area and were introduced to members of the building managment team, the lead architect, several contractors, teachers, representatives from CCAP, representatives from several area churches and some of the builders. We were invited to stay at the Mwase day school for lunch, where we enjoyed a meal of rice, cabbage relish and goat meat.It was very interesting to see where we will be spending most of our time over the next two weeks.
While at the Mwase Day School we were asked to attend a wake for a relative of the chief. The girl passed away at the age of 24. We were invited to the funeral for the reason why we are here, some of our group commented on the irony. Due to this these unfortunate events the start of our construction work has been delayed.
After lunch we travalled back to Lundazi, where we toured the local market. For the farming community we came acros several Agricultural sales stores were we encounted Pioneer and Dekalb brand maize seed. The market was very interested with a plethora of dried food including numerous dried fish and grubs (caterpillars).
To kill some time we threw around a north american football, the childern living at CCAP quickly came to join us and were really enjoying themselves. Their excitment went through the roof when Jerry brought out a soccer ball. The football game quickly turned into a soccer game where we got a schooling on how to play soccer.
On a final note it was conjectured that when you put 12 members of the Poelman family in a 9 passenger van, and the sweat level rises between members. Can that be refered to as relative humidity? Either way, it was concluded sweat is the glue that holds us together!
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