Sunday, August 31, 2008
- Three teams and several other visitors from Canada (over 40 in total) came to work with us
- Constructed a new staff house at the school
- Refurbished 40 desks for the classrooms
- Refurbished chalk boards and doors at a community school
- Team members taught classes at the school or did presentations to students about life in Canada
- Donated large amounts of school supplies to students and resource materials to teachers
- Conducted a one day workshop-seminar for teachers
- Painted the clinic and provided material to complete the building
- Dug the foundation for the next phase of the clinic and provided some material to get started
- Large amounts of general medical supplies and some small items of equipment donated to the clinic
- Assisted the clinic with clerical work and transport to monthly outreach clinics
- Donated sports equipment and uniforms to local sports teams
- Identified 20 orphans in the community needing most help and provided them with some resources as a start : food, school uniforms, clothing and mosquito nets
- Put a new roof on the house of an old man - nearly blind - taking care of his two orphaned grandchildren
- Attended local church and participated in services and ministry groups - men, women, youth, children and choir
- Distributed 70 bibles in the community, many of them in the local language
- Added funds to our small micro-loan fund which is helping people in the community - currently 11 loans are out and 49 have benefited since April 2007
- Connected with local women`s clubs and provided assistance to them in their activities to help themselves make money
Note : We estimate that over 2,000 pounds (900 kg) of goods were brought from Canada to be donated - as listed above
In addition there has obviously been a lot of interaction with many, many people in the community so that we have strengthened our relationship with the community. We have learned a great deal from this year`s time here which will help us greatly in planning and preparing for the years ahead. There is so much more to be done and we are excited about what is still to come.
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Friday, August 29, 2008
The cost of the machine is being treated as an interest-free loan which will be paid back by the club as they sell goods produced on the machine. Once the full amount has been repaid either another knitting machine or some sewing machines will be purchased to increase their capacity.
The long-term goal is to start a sewing school to teach other women in the community and enable them to generate money for themselves.
Below : The machine just unpacked from its box
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
While the women and the girls helped re-paint the chalk boards and decorate the outside of the school ......
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
The roof was constructed on the ground and then lifted into place by several helpers ! The Zambians were very impressed with this innovation
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Note : the three teachers from Chilunga had to get up at 4:30 a.m. in the morning to ride their bicycles to get to the farm in time for the start ! At the end of the day Gordon drove them back to their homes some 20 km away - quite a feat along narrow bush tracks and across several streams.
Friday, August 1, 2008
It turned into quite the event with virtually the whole community being invited out for the festivities which started in the late morning and continued on for several hours !
Women from the community also did displays of traditional dancing - above and below
Several speeches were made to the assembled audience and invited guests
The school head, Kerby (above) and senior headman, Jackson (below) address the gathering
Guest of honour and keynote speaker the District Commissioner (equivalent of county reeve/mayor) for Kapiri Mposhi presents his speech
Jenny and vice-head, Stellah, (above) wait for special guests to complete their tour of the house before the ribbon cutting and then Jenny and the DC cut the ribbon (below)
A framed inscription was presented to Kerby to eventually be hung in the house when occupied. The text reads :
"Funding for this House was provided by Taylor University College Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,
and handed over to Sungula Basic School on August 1st, 2008 by The Simon Poultney Foundation.
May God bless this home and everyone who passes through it."
The event was a wonderful ocasion with excellent perfomances and speeches and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.