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Documenting a Study Abroad Program in Zambia

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BC: The End The trip was so much more than any photos can portray. Try to go one day :-)

FC: Documenting a Study Abroad Program in Zambia with Harding University

1: First Stop:Victoria Falls

2: Victoria Falls,located in Livingstone, Zambia, is one of the Seven World Wonders.

3: Watch out for baboons! They like to steal loose items. :-)

4: The cake that the church at the Namwianga Mission made to welcome us to our Zambian home. The cake portion was consisted of sweetened cornbread, since corn is a major staple ingredient of Zambia. It was delicious! We were also greeted with singing, but it was too dark to capture on film, unfortunately.

5: The Namwianga Mission is a Church of Christ mission, and it contains a clinic, primary and secondary school, the George Benson Christian College of Education, and the havens (described later). This image is of a man being baptized after church at the mission, which places special emphasis on Christian education.

6: Several members of our group volunteered at the clinic, whose pharmacy is shown above. How would you compare it to a typical pharmacy in the U.S?

7: We mostly observed the doctors and nurses in order to learn, but we could perform basic tasks like checking vital signs, giving shots, and keeping the preemie in the right-hand pic warm when the electricity went out and rendered the incubator useless.

8: Four other girls and I waited all night at the clinic for this baby boy to enter the world. He weighed over 8 lbs., which is large by Zambian standards.

9: In Africa, people commonly rely on traditional healers instead of modern medicine. Above is the local medicine man; it was interesting to learn some of his plant-based treatment. *He is not a witch doctor, although those are common in Zambia. This man simply concocts natural remedies, without sorcery.

10: In addition to Anthropology and Medical Missions courses taught by Harding professors, we took culture and language courses with Zambian instructors. Above is our Tonga language teacher, Ba Siaziyu. Notice his drawing. :-) ("Ba" is Tonga for Mr., Ms., or Mrs.)

11: A typical Zambian meal consists of nsima, which is made of ground corn, served with beans, rape (the greens), and either beef or fish. The tiny dried fish are called "kapenta."

12: In Zambia, you eat with your "clean" hand, the right one. | It is also common for more than one person to share a plate. Personal space is not an issue in Zambia.

13: These are a few pictures of the interiors of the havens. There havens consist of three buildings: one for healthy infants under age 2, one for healthy toddlers, and a hospice for infants and toddlers who test HIV and/or Tuberculosis positive. It is common for a child to be transferred back and forth. There typically aren't any children over age 5 in the havens because the goal is reunite them with their parents or other family, once they are past that delicate age range between birth and 5 years old.

14: These babies, Miller (top) and Elias, were healthy infants in Haven 1. There were plenty of sickly babies without HIV, particularly preemies,in this haven, which lost more infants than the "Hospice," when I was there.

15: These twins, Dorsi and Kim, tested HIV+ until about 18 mos. old. When a child is born to an HIV+ mother, she tests positive due to presence of maternal antibodies, even if she has not contracted the virus. These girls moved from the "Hospice" to Haven 2, after retesting negative. A few months after I left, they moved to their uncle's village.

16: Top left: Christine and Dorsi, right: Christine, bottom: Catherine and Cintia

17: Catherine wearing my shoes :-) | Dow, Bethany, and Catherine

18: Sometimes a child's parent or relative will pay visits until he or she feels that the child is strong enough to return home and survive. Most village children who pass away are under five years old.

19: Students dancing as they enter their college graduation ceremony :-)

20: An outstanding college graduate receives the form of a mattress!

21: My best Zambian friend, Cynthia, and I. Our friendships with the Zambian students are among our most cherished memories.

22: Heath and his Zambian buddies jamming

23: This is a kitchen party, the Zambian equivalent of a bridal shower. Bride and Maid of Honor arrive after guests. Note her gift pile at bottom of pic.

24: The bride and her Maid of Honor remain hidden under fabric until the guests finish escorting them to the center of the floor.

25: The bride is supposed to look solemn during the ceremony, to convey sadness about leaving her family.

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