Life in the African Bush

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Elephant House at the Malaria Institute at Macha (MIAM)

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

We have had a fabulous experience since our departure from Jolly Boys Lodge!  We arrived to Macha on Sunday afternoon after a 4-hour drive.  We did see some zebra, various small villages of thatched huts or small brick buildings along the way.  The soil contains a lot of clay so many buildings are made of homemade brick.
We have enjoyed various native foods such as nshina (ground corn meal), boerwas sausage, sauteed kale, & maize to name a few.  Various beans are often served as a protein source at lunch in various sauces.  Based on the clean plates, everyone is enjoying these new and highly heart healthy dishes! 
The students have enjoyed talking with the Macha Hospital nursing students and have learned much from them about the common health problems in Zambia.  Students have had interesting clinical opportunities on the male and female wards and outpatient clinics.  Today, one student group saw over 50 mothers with their babies for routine growth checks and vaccinations.  We are all intrigued at how the mothers have a unique skill in securing their babies to their back with just a large piece of fabric.  Baby is happy and close to mom while mom's hands are free! 
Tomorrow we hope to meet with a traditional healer in the community to learn about alternative medicine in the bush of Zambia!  We have been invited to join our Zambian nursing student colleagues for a chapel service on Friday afternoon.  Of course, more clinical tomorrow, Friday and hospital rounds on Saturday morning. 
We are so thankful for these unmatched learning opportunities! 

Amani, Wanda and Tara

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Kim Delmar on

Thank you SO much for posting the photos and blog entries!!! Seeing the girls in the photos certainly helps (esp. when its your own daughter). It's been hard not hearing from her every day, but knowing you are posting events and photos helps ease my mind.
Keep up the wonderful work you are all doing in Zambia....our prayers are with you all!
Kim and Chip Delmar

John Marston on

Thanks so much for providing a vehicle to stay connected to Ashley and her friends. Great photo at Buckingham Palace...all those great smile must have just lit up the square.... Keep up your great work and God Bless you all

Bernie and JoAnn Petry on

Thank you so much for the pictures and commentary on the events of your time in Zambia. It makes us feel like we are part of this great adventure that our daughter was able to participate in. Our prayers are with you. God Bless

Bernie and JoAnn Petry

Mark and Roni Dailey on

We are appreciating each and every entry and picture! Thanks for keeping us connected!

Jody and Mike Artz on

Thanks for taking the time to keep us posted on your adventures! It is great to be able to share this with extended family that are praying for your whole group. The pictures help us feel connected even at such a distance. Blessings to you all!

Marilyn and Mike Griffiths on

It is great to be able to hear how well things are going there
and what great experiences they are having!

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