S: NFA Mission trip to Zambia September 2011
FC: NURSES FOR AFRICA | Mission trip to Zambia Africa September 2011
1: After months of conference calls, collecting donations, and packing. We all arrived at Elgin Rosewood September 1, 2011 to begin our journey! | Nine nurses, 27 bags, and 12 days in a far off land!!!
2: September 2, 2011. After a long seven hour flight to Heathrow, London we connected with home and rested for the next ten hour flight ahead of us!
3: September 3rd: After two days of travel we finally made it to Lusaka, Zambia. Now the two hour bus ride to Kabwe! | Allen, Charles and Mbuzi were there to welcome us!
4: Sunday we were taken to the Village of Susu for our first visit. | We handed out Hope seeds to the villagers. | We attended church services and greeted the villagers. | We had supper with Lawrence, Charles, Mbuzi and Allen at Tuskers.
5: This is our first view of what is to become the Susu school in 2010 it was merely footings that had been dug. | We had to spend some time organizing our donations. There is always work to do. We enjoy our stoop time too!
6: Monday was day one of home visits. Some of us walked up to seven kilometers. | We saw a wide variety of medical problems and gave the best care we could, with what we had!
7: During our home visits we offered a helping hand to carry water or do other small jobs to help the sick. Many of us carried water from streams or nearby wells to the ill. | One group found a Green Mamba snake along the way, one of the deadliest snakes in the world, thankfully it was dead! | The days were always busy and made some of us kinda sleepy.
8: Sunday enjoyed having some of us visit his farm. | We visited many homes of sick villagers and vulnerable or orphaned children. Everyone welcomed us warmly.
9: We always seemed to be organizing, sorting and repacking. | The "Lil girls" were excellent at getting things ready for the rest of us to pitch in and finish. | Counting pills and packaging always takes a lot of time! | Always great sunsets in Africa! | Jayme was a great asset and pitched in to help with all the work.
10: Robin and Dee saw men and children. | Mara, Sam and Hayley were "PHARMACY!" | Kay and Rhonda were the de-worming team. | Sherry and Val saw women and children.
11: We saw approximately 200 people the first day of clinic! | With the help of Harriet, Mbuzi and all the care workers and teachers. | Getting instruction from Harriet.
12: The second day of home visits. Some of us had shorter distances to travel so they got to see the orphans being served lunch. On this day they had beans, Nshima, and rape. It is good to see the efforts of Nurses for Africa donations in in person!
13: We got to see progress being made on the school. There are a team of contractors from Kabwe building the school with volunteers from the village. Charles says there was disbelief that the school would be built but with the help of our medical clinic the villagers see and believe now, he hopes there will be more volunteers.
14: We played many games. | Thursday was Kids day. We performed David and Goliath puppet show. | Face painting is alway a big hit! | Goliath | David | Mara and Kenneth | The little boy to the left happened upon Robin and Val while getting out supplies he had a ankle wound that was very infected, they treated him as best they could and worked on getting him to a hospital.
15: We also de-wormed all the school children during kids day! The children here rarely have just fun days. Most work very hard to help parents with working in the fields, cleaning, cooking and the never ending task of carrying water. On Kids day everyone ate a celebration lunch
16: Friday was more mobile medical clinic we saw over 650 people in two days of clinic. | Lots of people touched our hearts during our visit. | Robin & Allen discussing the plan for the day. | Elderly men dressed in their Sunday best waiting to be seen at clinic.
17: Allen was our driver, guide, translator and protector. | This is Lynn's first visit to Susu. | Sam, Hayley & Val playing Do As I DO | Kay playing drum. | Sherry doing the Hokey Pokey. | The rough bumpy road we traveled 30 trips but who was counting! | Allen & Charles testing the bridge we were stuck on | Sisters
18: The dam of the Mulingushi River on the road to Susu | Robin and Topson. | Sam & a critter. | Charles at work on the Susu school. | Val, Titus & Comfort | Hayley's "African moose"! | Mixing mortar!
19: Comfort & Ttus at the volunteer appreciation. | We did the foot washing ceremony and fitted the volunteers with new shoes. | We treated them all to BINGO with lots of prizes They also had a great lunch. | The volunteers presented NFA with beautiful skirts! | The cooks treated us all with a cake in the shape of the Bible that had the scripture, 'Do not become weary doing good work." | Bream | The day ended and some of the villagers left on foot to visit rarely seen relatives in Kabwe.
20: We came to a far off land called Zambia. Some of us never knowing of this small country in Africa.We met a village of people. We knew them only for short time but they left footprints on our hearts that will last a lifetime!
21: We will forever be friends- who once spent a week together in Africa. We received so much more than we ever could have given. | Owling in Africa | The market