Final Fun-filled Days in Macha

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

We have had a flurry of activities the last few days here at Macha!  The students have continued to rotate to the various clinical areas and met with various clinical specialists of interest.  More students participated in an antenatal and well-child outreach on Friday seeing about 75 pregnant women or children for health checks & immunizations.  It took about 90 minutes to reach the site since a bridge was flooded forcing them to drive several kilometers on a bumpy footpath.  They were tough -- no motion sickness!  Other students were in the OR and observed a variety of interesting major and minor surgeries: a c-section, chest-tube removal, a severe wound debridement, to name a few. 
We wrote thank you notes to the staff in various clinical areas, the dorms, the labs, etc. with who we interacted or assisted us over the past 2 weeks. On Friday, we divided those among ourselves to deliver in person to the appropriate area.
Our students planned and led the chapel service for the Macha nursing students on Friday evening.  We sang songs, read verses, performed a short dramatization, and prayed with an over-arching theme of hospitality.  Our students thought such a theme was fitting theme since everyone was so welcoming to us here at Macha.  We passed out Messiah College pens to all the students which they appreciated because pens are a hot commodity. 
Today was especially terrific!  We finally succeeded in meeting with a traditional healer.  Doreen, the Macha School of Nursing Director, translated the healer's Tonga for us.  This healer uses herbals in oral, topical and inhaled forms to treat a wide variety of conditions.  He offered the students love potion several times throughout the meeting.  Only a few students bought the mysterious liquid.  (Just kidding!!)  He had a diagnostic stick with a vulture bone attached to it that helped him diagnose a patient's condition.   I'm sure your daughters will have much to tell you about that visit; it was very interesting.  We also shed our chitenges to climb the water tower after lunch. Wanda led the way up the ladder to clear the spider webs for the rest of us. The weather was perfect; not too hot and not rainy. It was absolutely beautiful from up there! 
This evening, we celebrated Wanda's birthday with brownies (graciously baked by Mrs. Elaine Thuma, Wanda's sister-in-law), candles, and balloons.  We created a "Happy Birthday" sign with Tonga words using a Tonga dictionary.  There is actually no Tonga phrase for "Happy Birthday" so we had to improvise.  Our sign said: "Sunu sekelela zede!" which means, "Rejoice today having birth!"  Close enough.
Tomorrow we will attend church.  Then we hope to meet with the Environmental Engineer to learn about sanitation and clean water for the Zambian people and Macha Hospital.  We are looking forward to our Safari excursion and trip to Victoria Falls on Tuesday/Wednesday before beginning our journey home.
Thank you for your blogs!
Amani, Wanda and Tara

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Kim and Chip Delmar on

We can not thank you enough for all the hard work of posting the daily activities and photos of our daughter's trip to Zambia and Macha!! We can't believe all that they are doing there....from surgery , vaccinations, to visitng a local healer.....this trip has been an awesome trip for all the girls, and I think I speak for all the parents when I say you have gone above and beyond in this experience! Congrats to you and Messiah College....
Blessings to you all as you travel home !! God is Great!

Carolyn Kreamer on

Thanks for linking me to the Travel Blog. I think I missed the earlier ones, but clicked backward to get caught up. It sounds like you had a wonderful experience. I know the safari and Victoria Falls will be an extraordinary culmination of this fabulous learning adventure. Blessings to all! Looking forward to having you all safely home, even though I know it's hard to leave!

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