Today we were digging the holes for the swing set. Some of these holes were quite difficult to dig as we ran into some very large rocks, which needed to be removed. Once this was completed, the swing set was installed and levelled, and the concrete was poured to anchor it into place. This took all day to do.
Several large used tractor tires were delivered to the school yard to all to the children’s playground equipment. These were donated by a construction company called Girder Engineering from Kitwe. Robert Jr. sat next to the owner of this company on the flight into Zambia, and through conversation, Robert was invited for a visit to his fabrication facility. We ended up purchasing the pipe for the swing set at a reduced price from this company, and then he also offered to donate as many tires as we wanted for the school.
Marlene also had the opportunity to walk through the nearby village with one of the teacher’s to see the homes and living conditions of some of the children who attend the school. One family had six children sharing one bedroom which contained only one bed. The oldest boy, age 21, sleeps on the bed, while the remainder 5 children sleep on the concrete/stone floor.
Thursday evening, Marlene, Ryan, Jamie and Jacobi spent preparing and getting organized for the trip home on Friday.
George finished up the final coat of paint on the swing set on Friday, and then also left for home on Saturday.
Everyone on the team feels incredibly blessed by the experiences and relationships made while in Africa. We are especially grateful for the work that was accomplished and the progress that was made with the school projects. We praise God for His goodness and protection upon us while here. May He continue to bless the ongoing work and ministry of Stacey’s School of Hope according to His perfect will and purpose.