S: Nurses for Africa - Susu 2012
FC: Susu, 2012
1: The Team met at O'Hare Airport in Chicago from all parts of the USA. The team flew from Chicago to London, then on to Lusaka, Zambia.
2: The team arrived in Lusaka, took a 2 hour bus ride to Kabwe and Diakonia Lodge. The work began immediately - organizing donations and putting together new baby bags for prenatal classes and the moms-to-be.
3: Kate and Hannah
4: The road to Susu - it took about an hour one way on this washboard road! | This is the new "bridge" over the creek crossing to Susu!
5: The bumpy, dusty, long bus ride was worth every second because it took the team to the kids of Susu! | The kids greet the team with song!
6: Susu is a bush village about an hour from Kabwe. When NFA went there in 2009, there was no school, no bore hole well and the church did not have a roof. The kids sat on logs at the church for school. Today the church has new benches and a roof and there is a new well. The school is nearly completed too! | Alan is the bus driver. He takes the team to Susu everyday in his van. Its not the most comfortable ride, but it works!!
7: Let the journey begin | Val and DeeDee make nshima for the orphan feeding program in Susu.
9: The Team set out on Home Visits with the care workes- some teams walked 8-10 miles to see villagers | This "granny" is raising her orphaned grandchildren | Home Visits
10: The team divided into groups for home visits. Each group was accompanied by several care workers. The care workers are volunteers from the village that make weekly treks to check on the ill and vulnerable villagers. They are many tasks to be done, including washing dishes, hauling water and comforting the sick. It gave the team a real glimpse into how the villagers live. | Lotoyus
11: The fact that the nurses came to visit the villager means more to them than any thing the nurses brought. Because the nurses left their families and took time to come to their homes was amazing to the villagers. Songs, prayers and word of encouragement were better than any medicine. | Rosemary
13: Home visits
14: Clinic Days The team saw over 750 villagers in 2 days!
15: LIFE IS A JOURNEY | Harriett the Zambian nurse
16: Good times | Each nurse had an interpreter when they assessed the villagers
17: Clinic Days are busy, exhausting and so fulfilling! The team saw a variety of problems. They assessed each patient, and suggested medications.
18: Good times
19: Hannah and Lotoyus taught the Female Health Classes and passed out the "Days for Girls" Kits. | They also taught prenatal classes.
21: Kid's Day - fun!!
23: Each girl received a new pillowcase dress and each boy received a new pair of shorts, a shirt or a cap.
24: Care Giver Appreciation | The team received Chatangas from the Care Workers!
25: Each Care Worker received a Life Saver Kit - a backpack with first aid supplies for home visits. The Care Workers also received training on the kits and a certificate.
26: The Team | Val - Team Leader
27: Blair | Rosemary | Nicole | Kate | Lynne | Lotoyus
28: Jayme | DeeDee | Jayme | Hannah | Charlotte
29: The week had come to an end and it was time to pack for home. The team had learned much about the people and care workers, but they had learned more about themselves. They will never forget the people in the small bush village in Zambia named Susu.... Because the team left a piece of their heart there.