This morning we visited the Community Markets for Conservation, CAMOCO. A business here in Lundazi that was started in an effort to reduce poaching and conserve the wildlife, by encouraging the people to take up argicultural practices, such as growing ground nuts (peanuts), growing rice and keeping honey bees. CAMOCO works by providing the locals with seeds to plant and then they purchase the havested crop. Our group really became interested in the beekeeping aspect of CAMOCO. Maybe this is due to the fact that over three quarters of our members are beekeepers or have worked with honey bees in some fashion. When it comes to keeping bees, they provide the locals with knowledge about bees and then purchase the honey.
Then we travelled out to a rural clinic, the Mchereka Community Health Post, which was funded by the Canadian High Commission and opened in 2005. This clinic services the local rural community where 300 childern are born annually, and provides care to more than 6000 people in a 6km radius. It was amazing to see this clinic function without real electricity, being run by only 3 permanent staff and 8 volunteers. This visit was of particular interest to our resident nurse Lindsey!
On the road back to Lundazi we stopped at CCAP Mphamba primary school serving grades 1-7. There are 1665 students, 33 teachers, in classrooms consisted of 40-50 students. This school was built between 1920-30's. Currently the school is under renovations to replace the roofs of several buildings that have been affected by termites, these renovations are being funded by Edu-Deo. This is a slow process because they only have enough funding to do a couple of the buildings at a time.
In the afternoon we had the opportunity to relax at CCAP, play some football and soccer with the local childern. Before supper we had a volley ball game with the men of church. The rules for volleyball here are a little different then back home, and its interesting to watch the locals who are more inclined to use their feet to kick the ball over the net.
In the evening Philemon brought over a keyboard so we can practice singing two hymns that we will be singing at tomorrows church service. This was a difficult task for the group seeing how most can only carry a tune in a bucket. After Philemon stopped us several times we were finally able to get through a song and actually have it sound like something.
Why did it bawk? When you have 12 Canadians sitting in a van and have a live chicken in the back and the question is asked if the chicken is alive? The response "It must be, because it just bawked!" Thank you for clarifying that Lindsey.
Sorry folks no pictures this time, uses too much data.
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