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S: Ndola Zambia July 2010

BC: The End

FC: Ndola Zambia | July 2010

1: All my life I've wanted to go to Africa but it always seemed like a dream. That dream came true July 2010 and what an incredible experience it was! I traveled to Abbotsford to meet with the rest of my team. The organization is Seeds Of Hope, they have a few orphanages in Africa, 1 in Thailand 1 in Ndola Zambia. Zambia has 2 orphanages, 1 for babies in town and the other just out of town for grade school student. We stayed at the nursery and visited back and forth between the 2.

2: Pies for Fundraising

4: Leaving Vancouver

5: London England | 9 1/2 hour flight from Vancouver to London and a 11 hour layover in London.

6: Ethiopia | We flew from London to Ethiopia, from Ethiopia we flew to Zimbabwe, and there to Zambia.

8: Arriving in Zambia | No garbage program so it gets thrown into the ditch and burnt. | Scaffolding on commercial buildings. | We arrived in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, stayed overnight and then took a 4 hour bus ride to Ndola where we would stay.

9: Bus ride to Ndola

10: Ndola Zambia

12: Buseko Home | \Buseko Children's Home is a place for orphaned children affected or infected with HIV AIDS. Children are housed here until they are 6 years and from there they go to Grace Academy.

14: Journaling everyday to remember our trip.

15: Felson House, where all the teams stay.

16: Grace Academy

17: Grace Academy is also an orphanage for kids and young adults to go to. They live here and are enrolled in school.

18: Sports Day

19: The second day arriving in Ndola we went to Grace Academy, a 10 minute drive from Buseko. We had a sports day and each team member got to lead a group of kids through a series of activities. Our team was Germany, at the end of the day we won,

20: Trade Fair | We drove the bus to Grace and each team member was paired up with a child. I was paired with Mercy. We took them to the Trade Fair for the day, a fair put on each year to help the economy. Rows and rows of blankets on the ground and people calling your name trying to sell stuff to you. We stopped for lunch and had ice cream.

22: Before we left Canada we organized a Vacation Bible Study program for the Grace kids and for 60 of the kids from the local surround areas who had nothing. They were only allowed to come by invite otherwise we could be overwhelmed by kids. The day program was 3 days long. On the first day we waited at the gate for the kids. | I wanted a picture with just one of the kids and ended up with 15

23: VBS Day 1

24: VBS Day 2 | This girl was severely malnourished, so much so that her skin was orange. The girl on the right had to take her little sister to VBS.

25: Bush School | We brought lots of school supplies to donate to a school that was found by accident when a previous team was going to Kitwe to go shopping. The school was extremely poor. They sang their anthem in Bemba and we sang ours in English.

26: VBS Day 3

27: Decorating cars for kids in the hospital

28: Aunty Maggie's Compound

29: Because this area was so poor we weren't all allowed to take pictures so we assigned 1 person to. We brought different things with us to put together packages, 1 blanket, a bag of cloths, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, soup mix and 2 bags of Enshima. Enshima is mashed potato like mixture that is thick when cooked, it is rolled in a ball and dipped into a vegetable mixture. The Enshima has no nutritional value, it is a filler to keep the stomach feeling full longer. Most people cannot afford the vegetables to accompany. We waked through this compound led by Aunty Maggie, who was the 'leader' of the compound. This compound alone had 70,000 people crammed into it, every single one is extremely poor. There were bodyguards accompanying us and watching our vehicles as we walked through it. We handed out tickets to a few people who were especially in need for them to come the following day to receive their package at the Buseko gates. This experience waas very shocking for us because we had never seen true poverty like this. It was very overwhelming and heartbreaking.

31: Hand Out

32: Ice Cream Trip | We took a bunch of the preschool kids to get some ice cream. I got to take Mapalo

36: Visit to John's Church | John was a pastor we met in a town called Tawapia (called poverty). They are currently trying to change the name because thier town has improved so much. We brought pounds of rice, tomatoes and potatoes for the feding program they have for the vulnerable children. John also houses 15 children in his own home, not including his own 5 children. His house is 200 sq ft.

38: Our team went to a Game Camp where we got to eat traditional food and go on a safari ride.

40: Justin's Church School Day | We visited the church of pastor Justin, he was one of the many people we saw who sold us local handmade items. We put on a school day for the children and weended up getting close to 300 children from the compound. We did different activities with them. We gave them all suckers, but because we had more kids then expected we were short.

42: The Outhouse

44: The last day before we left we visited the local hospital. We handed out coloring books that I bought at Dollarama. We visited a ward where they usually had 90 kids admitted to, but there we're 200. This was probably the most emotional moment for me. Our team was silent on the drive home. So many children were malnourished. | Hospital Visit

45: When we visited the premature ward we witnessed the nurses attempt to resucitate a neonate. Unfortunately they were unsuccessful. The picture of our team in the hall way was of everyone sharing a very unforgetful moment.

48: Fried caterpillars, Enshima and Visashi. (Visashi is a sweet potato leaf relish you dip Enshima into.

49: Traditional Food Day

50: Goodbye Grace Academy...

51: And Buseko

52: Felson House | I slept in the top bunk. | We were provided very North American food everyday. All the teams that come to visit wrote on the walls. We had evening meetings in the sitting area and everyone had to have a net around their bed when we slept.

57: Protea Safari Resort | Our last day and night in Africa we stayed at an open Safari Lodge where animals roamed freely. This was one of the best safari's we went to. It was an incredible resort with a very nice pool, unfortunately it was winter there so it was to cold to swim.

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