FC: Malkota 2013
1: Nurses For Africa Malkota 2013 Josette, Tanya, Jackie, Allison, Val, Taren Tarisha, Sharla, Claire Our team met for the first time in Chicago to begin our journey to Zambia Africa.
2: Eight hour flight to from Chicago to London Eight hour layover in London. Ten hour flight from London and we finally arrived in Lusaka, Zambia. | After arriving in Lusaka we loaded a bus for another two hour ride to Kabwe. We stayed at Diakonia lodge in Kabwe. | Allison enjoys meeting some neighborhood children.
3: The week ahead is filled with hard work. Sorting donations.Counting and packing medication for clinic days. Preparing new baby gift bags. | Allison receives medication dosing and indications from Harriet. | Sorting, Counting, Labeling medications is a tedious task. A great way to get know one another and share our experiences from the day.
4: Pastor Charles HAW volunteer Our first day was spent worshiping in Malkota. A great way to meet the village.
5: Traffic jam. Cattle being herded on our way to the village. The roads in rural Zambia are unpaved however the drivers do a great job getting us there safely. | The roads and bridges cause us some concern, however with very little resources locals are very creative. We traveled across a bridge made of railroad rails and sheets of metal.Shown is a foot bridge made of logs the nurses traveled on during home visits
6: Taren, Tarisha, Tanya and Sharla assess villagers during home visits.Sharla and Val gather water for a family during home visit.
7: Home visits are not just for assessing the sick. We often find ourselves doing for the family, hauling water, shelling beans, cleaning, washing dishes, or providing a prayer for the family. Our visit provides comfort just knowing that others care is often the best medicine. | Zambians are subsistences farmers they provide for themselves and trade with other villagers to provide for their needs.
8: Jackie stirring nshima a staple food item in Zambia. Comparable to Grits in taste however much more dense. It is stirred with paddles. Sharla and Val rest with the care worker after the long hike for their home visit. | A great way to make a friend is to share a sweetie.
9: Taren enjoys an apple after home visits.
10: Mobile Medical Clinic NFA nurses assess the villagers | Sharla, Josette, Claire, Taren and Val.
11: The Villagers of Malkota were lined up waiting for the NFA team on the first day of mobile medical clinic. They waited patiently to be assessed by the nurses, then the Zambian nurses, and to receive medications at the pharmacy. While waiting they set up a market of fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods, handmade charcoal, fish, and poultry.
12: Malkota church served as our pharmacy.
13: The pharmacy is very busy place. Villagers are seen by Zambian nurses, then receive medications and instruction by NFA nurses. Before leaving the pharmacy Robin provides eye exams and new glasses if needed.
14: Harriet, Tarisha and Allison teach prenatal class to expectant mothers.
15: Clinic Days give Allison and Tarisha a chance to provide prenatal assessments to expectant mothers. Harriet and Mbuzi provide assistance.The nurses also teach reproductive education to the schoolgirls and provide them with Days for Girls kits.
16: Kids day when the kids just get to be kids! NFA nurses painted faces, games were played, the children had a great lunch. Only one injury,.
18: Kids day the nurses and care workers gave every child a gift bag, pillowcase dresses and the school some much needed school supplies.
19: Children,teachers, care workers and volunteers are treated to a special meal on Kids Day. Above is chicken frying over an open fire.The volunteer cooks of the service point tending to the dishes. | A day to celebrate the children of Malkota.
20: We passed this family everyday.The morning after kids day Claire decided we should share the toys with this family.The children were a little afraid us but Tarisha and Claire made fast friends. They were waiting for us on our way home waving and smiling!
21: Care worker appreciation day NFA hosts the care workers in Kabwe for a luncheon, bingo, and reflection on the week serving the village of Malkota. NFA team wearing chitenges presented to us from Hands at Work in appreciation of our work.
23: There is something about Africa it gets you from the time you set foot there. The needs, the joy of people, the realization that any small small act can lead to a big difference. | Our team met as strangers but worked great as a team. All of of strengths came together to provide for a village.
24: Faces of Malkota
25: Our last day in Zambia we spent with retail therapy and debriefing in Lusaka. | Our last sunrise in Zambia.