This is from Dennis and Yasna’s blog, which will be posted here to keep everyone updated on the work they are currently doing in Zambia.
After a tearful goodbye, we were ushered off through the gate with one final farewell prayer offered up on our behalf. We finally settled onto the airplane preparing ourselves for a long and arduous journey to Zambia, Africa. Other than narrowly missing our connecting flights a couple of times, our trip was rather uneventful. ;)
We finally arrived on African soil on the twelfth of February! It was hot, muggy and ironically enough, we missed the cold Canadian winter that we were so excited to leave behind! We arrived at the rental house to find the plumbers working steadily to install running water so that we could at least shower inside the house. Before we left Canada, Dennis warned me that the landlord might not have time to organize plumbers to come and install the running water before we arrived in Zambia. If that were to be true, then I would be taking a shower with a hose that would be fished in through the bathroom window! Needless to say, I was very happy to see them!
We spent a couple of days running errands and trying to settle in and adjust to the life here in Africa! Dennis and I had a lengthy meeting with Kenneth and Victor. They were pleased to know that the fundraising went well, and that we would begin feeding the children as soon as we purchased all the necessary supplies.
Dennis has been running around trying to find us a car, visiting the school for morning prayers, and preparing our papers so that we can stay in Zambia long-term.
At the school, Sarah and I spent a couple of days observing each class and reported our “findings” back to Kenneth. Currently the teachers are not using a curriculum which makes teaching extremely difficult! That has changed since we’ve come and we are expecting the new books in the next couple of weeks! Everyone at the school is really excited! Teachers and students alike! Many thanks go out to the donors back home!
On a rather sad note, our Senior Teacher’s son died suddenly at the age of 24. Another sad piece of news is that Frieda’s (our Care and Compassion volunteer) son was involved in a very bad car accident resulting in two fractured legs. Also, on Friday, one of the student’s mother passed away in her sleep. Two of the teachers went to represent the school, and we purchased beans and some staple food items to help the family with the funeral preparations.
One of the problems that we’ve encountered at the school since we’ve arrived is that the students are boring holes in the wall fence. They do this so that they can play soccer on the school field after school hours. One solution to this problem is to install a couple of gates.
Earlier this evening Faith was struggling with missing family and friends. She sat quietly in the corner with tears falling down her cheeks. I tried to comfort her, but I find myself struggling with some of the same things. I have to believe that we are investing our time and effort into something far greater than we can understand at this point. Are we outside of what we are comfortable with? Yes, without a doubt! Yet, I believe that we have a purpose here… and that’s what keeps me going.