S: Nurses for Africa Team 2 - September 2010
1: After months of conference calls, speaking to our churches, collecting, cleaning and packing 1000 pairs of donated eyeglasses, working at fund raisers, packing shoes, donated clothing, school supplies, dental hygiene items, medical supplies; writing the agendas for our programs, and making faith bead bracelets kits, it was finally time to leave for Zambia!
2: The team met in Inverness to count luggage. After weighing, packing and repacking, we had 33 bags to check. Robin's and Val's husband helped us pack and get the bags into the trucks. We were off to O'Hare! | Life is a journey, not a destination.
3: After two overnight flights, Chicago to London, London to Lusaka, Zambia, a long day at Heathrow Airport and the team leader leaving her camera at the gate.......... | We arrive in Lusaka, Zambia!!!
4: We left Lusaka and took a 2 hour bus ride to Kabwe. We were tired, but ready to begin. We napped and took pictures on the way.
5: We arrived in Kabwe and stopped at the Hands at Work Service Center. We met Lawrence and Trina for an orientation program and a tour of the new center. (Charles and Allan met at us the airport and rode with us to Kabwe.) Then to Diakonia to unpack bags and get organized.
6: It was an afternoon of firsts - meeting Jayme from HAW, taking a walk outside of Diakonia, first African sunset, meeting Zambian people, trying out the stoop for the first time and our first meal in Zambia. (the last time the sausage looked like this picture!) | The boy in the center of this picture is Wellington! Gail met him last year with a soccer ball that he had made of grocery sacks. He was so surprised that Gail remembered his name!
7: We attended church at Christian Care Centre - Luckson's church! The tradition when church is over is to remain in line to shake everyone's hand. The Zambian people are so friendly and gracious! The choir sang beautifully with no music and they worship so joyfully!
8: Sunday afternoon was our Youth Ministry. We talked to the teenagers about God's enduring love. Gail gave a Message of Hope, and Robin, Chris and Cara performed a puppet show about Daniel in the Lion's Den. We went outside to teach the Hokey Pokey!
9: The neighborhood kids joined us and learned the Hokey Pokey, too. It was a wonder-ful first day for the Team!
10: The rest of the week, the team spent in Susu, a small bush village that was discovered less than 10 years ago. It was a wonderful experience to return every day to the same place. We had the opportunity to become acquainted with the volunteers and the villagers. We learned about their families, their lives and their love of God. We loaded all of our supplies into the mini-bus every morning and Allen drove us along the dusty, very bumpy road into the bush. The drive took two hours, but we were always anxious to see what the day would bring. We visited homes with the volunteers bringing medicine, offering help as needed and most important, praying, touching and talking to the sick. We had two mobile medical clinics - we saw nearly 700 villagers! We did physical assessments and suggested treatments. We also dispensed medications. We had a carnival for the kids and provided de-worming.
12: Susu | Sunday, the volunteer, coordinator, gave us a tour of Susu when we arrived the first day
14: Home based care visits gave the team a glimpse into the homes and lives of the villagers. Everyone of the team was impressed by the graciousness of the villagers. We were always offered a seat, something to eat and a chance to wash our hands. No matter how little the villagers had, they wanted to share with us. We visited the sick - providing medication if possible, carried water from the stream, talked and prayed with them. We soon discovered that these kind people would give us more than we could ever give them. | Home Based Care
16: Home Based Care
17: We learned so much from the volunteers! Not only about the villagers but also about them , their families and their lives! We became their friends. | Sunday took Gail to meet these ladies working in the field, picking sweet potatoes.
19: Home based Care
21: While we waited for the teams to return to the village center, the kids played "Duck, Duck, Goose", and drew pictures of the nurses in the dirt
22: On Tuesday, we de-wormed the Susu children. The de-worming process consists of giving the kids chewable tablets followed by a peanut butter sandwich and a cup of juice. We brought the bread, peanut butter and juice concentrate from Kabwe. We made the sandwiches in the "office" at Susu center. | Making Sandwiches | Mixing the juice | Allen taste testing! | De- worming
23: The kids lined up for de-worming, washed their hands, took their medicine and then received their sandwich and drink. Allen helped!
24: After de-worming - it was time for FUN!!! We performed the puppet show about Daniel in the Lion's Den and the kids taught us a song. Now it was time for the Carnival!!
25: The Puppet Show and Story time translated by Charles.
26: Gina ran the Ring Toss and passed out beads and bracelets | Rana painted faces. | Robin painted faces, too! | Val taught the kids how to throw frisbees. | Cara was in charge of Jump Rope. | Chris and Gail ran the "Pick a Duck" | The Carnival!
28: We had a GREAT Carnival!!! | We all had a wonderful time!!
29: Nurses for Africa received enough donations last year to provide a feeding program for 21 orphans at Susu. Some of the team had the privilege of serving the orphans their meal. They receive one meal a day, five days a week. There are 11 more orphans this year. Hopefully, we will be able to donate more money to feed all the orphans. | Serving the Orphans
30: Susu has little or no medical care available to them. There is a clinic, but it is almost 10 miles away from the village. The villagers were very anxious to see the nurses. We saw nearly 700 people in the two medical clinics! | The women and children were seen in the church. | The men were seen in the "office." This hut was the "pharmacy". | Mobile Medical Clinic
31: After the nurses assessed the patients, they wrote their recommendations. Harriett, the Zambian nurse, reviewed the information and suggested medications.
32: Mobile Medical Clinic
33: The Mascoutah Evening Lions Club donated 1000 pair of eyeglasses for us to bring to Zambia. It was amazing to watch the villagers find a pair of glasses enabling them to see! This lady was 89 years old and had had trouble seeing for many years. Allan was the "eye doctor". He assisted the villagers in finding the right pair of glasses. | Eyeglasses! | Next! Spectacles, reading glasses, sunglasses!
34: Mirriam's parents brought her to the clinic. She was 4 months old and gravely ill. We advised that she be taken to the hospital immediately. Lawrence, Charles and Harriett took her and her family to the Kabwe General Hospital. She was admitted and was to be transferred to the hospital in Lusaka for surgery. The Team visited her and her family at the hospital. We prayed with the family for her recovery. | The team knew that her condition was very grave, but we were all sad when Mirriam died at 4am Friday morning. Her family was very grateful for our prayers. She was buried at Susu. | Mirriam
35: Clinic Information Slips
36: Susu Classrooms
37: Susu life
38: After working with the volunteers all week, we knew how hard they worked and how important they were to the Susu community. They provide help with household chores, encouragement and spiritual guidance. They are truly God's faithful servants. | Volunteer Celebration
39: We invited the volunteers to Diakonia for a celebration! We wanted them to know that their hard work is appreciated. We gave each volunteer a new pair of shoes donated by Soles 4Souls. We performed a foot washing ceremony before we gave them the new shoes. We were so humbled by their selfless service to their community.
41: The volunteers LOVED their shoes! They also enjoyed having their pictures taken together as a couples - a rare opportunity. They presented us with towels that look like the Zambian flag.
42: Jayme read several scriptures and reminded us of the Chain of Love that we had strengthened this week with God's guidance. | We taught the volunteers how to play Bingo!! We all had a great time!
43: We had lunch in the Diakonia dining room. We made gift bags for everyone. All too soon it was time to say Goodbye. We will miss all of the volunteers- they taught us so much - especially how to serve others and the Lord. They will always be in our hearts.
44: Allan took us to his home to see his baby, Allan, Jr. and meet his wife, Rabecca. We had all fallen in love with Allan and his gentle ways. He was our driver, helper, the eye doctor and, most of all, our friend! We will miss you!
45: We had dinner at Tusker's Saturday evening. The week had come to an end - much too quickly. | We were wearing insect repellent wipes on our heads to keep the mosquitoes away.
46: Sunday arrived and it was time to leave Kabwe. It did not seem possible that it was time to go. We had learned so much - about the people we met and ourselves. We had worked hard, walked far, missed lunch, met new and wonderful people that we will never forget, been amazed at God's wisdom and the Zambian people's enduring faith in Him! We learned that what our bracelets said was true... Life is a Journey, not a destination!
47: We stayed overnight in Lusaka after bidding farewell to Jayme, Charles and Lawrence. | We will miss you all so much! Jayme, you became a member of team! You were always ready to help us with anything! You were a wonderful spiritual leader, too. Your prayers and scriptures inspired and guided us. | One last bus ride, one last sunrise - we will miss this beautiful country and it's wonderful people. | An African proverb says, "He who learns, teaches." We have much to teach........