Thursday, July 31, 2008

Community Outreach

Today members of the team visited Shipungu Community School which has about 150 students in Grades 1 to 6 and is staffed by four volunteer teachers. Sports items and teacher resources, donated in Canada, were given to the school

The ladies and girls joined a community women's club for their regular meeting where they handed out knitting and sewing supplies brought from Canada

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Let There Be Light

We were very fortunate to have Rich's mechanical skills here when the generator engine went down and he was able to carry out the required repairs on it so that we could have power again

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Roof Goes On

We brought the material with us to the site and found that the old roof was already off and waiting for us to get started

Work gets under way with help from the home owner and some friends from the community. Rich was pounding nails while James had the tough job of hand-sawing the timbers, ably observed by Gordon !

Work continues on the back side of the house - the brick work will be dealt with by the owner

Rich climbs up on the roof to nail into the centre beam

The team celebrates the completion of phase 1

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Isaiah Team Gets Started

The ladies and girls visited the clinc where they presented Ednah with some donated medical supplies which they had brought from Canada. They also finished off some painting which could not be done by the Heroes team due to a delay in supplies.

It was decided to replace the roof on the house of an old man who is looking after his two orphaned granchildren. He is almost blind so it would be very difficult for him to do it himself and the grass is not a good permanent material to use.

Rich and Mr Banda (our construction supervisor) did a site vist to determine what materials would be required.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Passing the Torch

The Isaiah team (Bazak family) arrived yesterday and we all spent the night at Eureka Park so the Heroes team were able to connect with them and share some of the stories of their time in Zambia. This morning the Heroes team did their final packing for the trip home and loaded up the bus for the airport.

But not before passing the torch on the "My Pony" song which the Isaiah team will have to use in their children's outreach activities !

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

On Safari !

The last two days were spent on safari in the African bush. We stayed at Mukambi Safari Lodge on the banks of the Kafue River in the Kafue National Park, reputedly the second largest national park in the world.

Above - the outside of one of the safari tents where we stayed, two people per tent
Below - the inside

The highlight of the trip was an afternoon game drive during which we saw a variety of animals but most excitingly two lionesses and their four cubs

Monday, July 21, 2008

Final Day in the Community

On their final day in the community the team and clinic staff celebrate their efforts in painting the place.

We visited one more family with an orphan to give them a care package of food, clothing and mosquito nets.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Visiting Orphans

The team went to visit three of the most needy families who are looking after orphans. The families were given food, clothing for the orphans and mosquito nets for the entire family to use.

Above : a care package. Below : the bed of one of the orphans. Blankets are next on our list !

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Mosquito Nets

Some of the 120 mosquito nets we were able to purchase with the money raised by the Muir Lake Stony Creek program. Thank you to everyone at Muir Lake who so generously donated to make this possible.

Friday, July 18, 2008

School Donations

This morning Chris and Anita went to visit Ndili Basic School - another school in the area - where they made donations of school supplies and teacher resources and soccer uniforms and equipment which the team had brought from Canada. Thank you to the community of Devon and the Spruce Grove Minor Soccer Association for your generosity to provide all these items.

Students and staff show appreciation for the donations - above school supplies largely from the Devon Community - below soccer uniforms from Spruce Grove Minor Soccer

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Final Push

This was a busy day of hard work for the team at Kakulu health center.

Some began digging the foundations of the new 3-bed wards

Anita shows off the shovel she was given to begin work with - we did find more suitable tools soon after the start !

Beth makes finishing touches to her amazing mural

While inside the building others started on the blue paint of the dual tone chosen by the staff

As the day passed by so the progress of digging and painting was great

Monday, July 14, 2008

Paint and Outreach

Day three of painting - the application of the cream paint to the top half of the walls

while Beth continued with her masterpiece

and the rest of the team did outreach with young children of the community

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Clinic Mural

Beth Loates continued to make progress on the mural that she is doing in a corner of one of the clinic porches