We have officially been in Mwandi for 2 weeks! 

After spending the weekend doing some sightseeing of Victoria Falls (both from the Zambia and Zimbabwe sides) and jumping into the Devil’s Pool at the top of the falls, we are feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever may come our way in the coming weeks….we hope:) 

Monday morning was a special treat. We got to go along on a food distribution project. This project is a joint effort between Canadian Food Grains...

Thanksgiving Day in Zambia!!  :) I guess one adventure leads to another out here! We have been hanging out with some of the other mission partners and through a friend of a friend we were introduced to a professional safari guide and his wife from South Africa. They are out here helping to manage a fishing lodge for their friends. We had a great dinner with them on Wednesday night and Thanksgiving Day came up in discussion so we decided we
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To start off, this blog post is probably going to end up being a smattering of things we have noticed about the Zambian culture over the past week of living here in Mwandi - prepare for random:) 

This weekend marked a bunch of “firsts” for us. We had our first tour through the market so we know where to buy what (see picture). Katie (our Aussie friend who runs the orphaned and vulnerable children program - OVC) was gracious enough to...

After being in MCH (mother-child health) on Wednesday we experienced a whole new area of MMH on Thursday when we loaded one of the vans with 13 people inside, suitcases and boxes of supplies on the roof, and headed out into the bush! We were with the ART (anti-retroviral therapy) clinic outreach program. Our crew included our driver, some RNs, some clinical officers (equivalent to our PAs), a pharmacist, and two guys they introduced to us as “Google”. They are the IT
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After 36+ hours of travel we have BOTH finally made it! Erin arrived Monday into Livingstone and Brittany (after some flight issues) arrived Tuesday into Livingstone. Because Livingstone is approximately 2 hours away from Mwandi, we got to take a eventful mini road trip, which also includes driving through a national park! The first time driving on the road, Erin’s vehicle almost hit a couple cows who decided to cross the street, however this seems to be the “norm” as...

A heavy rain beats down on the metal roof as I write.  The Mwanza area has not received any significant rainfall since May. It has been our prayer that the short rainy season would start…well…did it ever this past Monday with a morning blast that delivered 3 inches of rain!!  The thrill of the rain was soon offset by the consequences… heavy erosion of dirt roads and gardens, washed out roads/bridges, the collapse of homes made from mud bricks

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My week in Nairobi was a strange mix of relaxing and visiting tourist sites, and learning about community development.

One day, I went to an elephant orphanage and giraffe center. Most of the elephant orphans’ parents had been killed through poaching. Even though poaching is illegal, the demand for ivory continues to drive the market. And in case you were wondering, touching an elephant is akin to petting a rock. The little elephants tromping around look cute, but their skin is...

Oh, wow, I can’t believe it has already been a month since my last blog post – so much has happened since then! The time has flown by, likely because our evaluation work has really geared up.

At the end of October I helped review and translate into English the quarterly and semi-annual reports that World Renew’s Honduran partners were required to submit. It was a great way to become more familiar with what each organization has...

Things have been switched up a bit, sometimes planned and sometimes not. The second week of October, I went to an Anglican Development Services symposium in a town near Mombasa, the second-largest city in Kenya. It was at a beach resort, which was a drastic change of scenery for me. There was even running water, albeit salty. While I’ve been working only in the coastal region, ADS has offices and projects in several areas of Kenya. Each region sent representatives...

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