Well we never thought we would get the chance to write this blog today as Ben took about 5 hours to write his from yesterday. However here we are again – another action packed day for #ZamFam2017.
Our first night in Kabaka went very well – how awesome this place is. Being able to see the most amazing night’s sky and the milky way moved us all. We would never get the opportunity to do this back in the UK.
This campsite is very remote compared to the first place – it really does feel like we are in Africa and we have all adapted very well. Today started very early for us – we left the campsite at 8.15 and headed along the one and only road to the Mutaba Clinic. When we arrived at the clinic we had an amazing welcome from the women from the local community thanking us for taking the time to visit. The group were amazed at how fantastic the clinic is. We were shocked to hear that the community have been asking for a facility like this since 1980. 4,910 people have been seen and treated in this clinic since it opened and 10 babies have been delivered in the last year as well. It was amazing to see the trees and names from the last group – what a great job you have done. It is also worth mentioning that the tree planted by Dominique gets special treatment and is watered twice a day by the lady, Ruth, who helped her plant the tree last year.
We had a tour of the clinic both inside and out and they are hopeful that they can also build a laboratory in the near future as well. After the tour we mixed with the locals and chatted to some of those waiting to be seen. We ended up dancing with some of the children and before we knew it almost all of us in the clinic were dancing in a huge circle. The ladies from the clinic committee then did a special dance which we were told was to thank us for our continued generosity and were over the moon with our donations which included basic medical supplies and baby clothes – it struck us how we don’t even think about things like this back in the UK.
We then headed back to camp along the dirt track – before we came to Zambia we were told to expect things to not go to plan sometimes and today that was correct. What appeared to be a normal journey back in our converted Army Truck then took an unexpected turn when we noticed a car stranded in the opposite direction. Most of the group took this opportunity to stretch their legs whilst Andy W and Andrew T worked out a solution. Eventually we were told to walk along the road a bit whilst Andy W drove through the bush – now we thought this would mean just going along a field but no – he literally drove through the bush. Whilst doing this he managed to run over a bag of Maize belonging to one of the locals as well just to add to the action of the day. We made sure we paid for the ruined bag – thanks to Kirsty for the 20 kwacha – this is the equivalent of £1.50 and would feed the man’s family for at least a week.
We eventually made it back to the campsite just after 1pm and had a fantastic lunch before we spent the afternoon in lessons with the children at the school – Amy never thought she would be playing musical statues to ’10 Green Bottles’ which was sung fantastically by Anne-Marie and also teaching the Macarena by counting form 1 – 12. After the lessons were over for the day we handed out balloons to all of the children, it was amazing and emotional to see how something so simple can make people so happy.
Later that afternoon we had a football and volleyball tournament on the school field – Amy realised volleyball was perhaps not her thing but that Rachel was amazing and is now thinking of joining the local team back in Sunderland when she is home. The football was fantastic but we didn’t win although given the standard of the opposition Nick was glad he actually didn’t choose to play – also it was nearly 30 degrees which would have made it very hard work. We adopted a fan club of our own and were asked by some of the children whether we will be coming back next year. After the game we made a donation of football shirts to the local children and players which Michael had collected from all of his teams who he coaches back home. We also presented a trophy and medals to the winners.
We are now about to have our farewell party here so until tomorrow bye for now.